man had been found brave enough to come out. “While all seems dead,” he exhorted, “the age itself is not. It liveth as sure as our Maker liveth.
Under all this seeming want of life and motion, the world does move nevertheless.
Be hopeful, and now let us adjourn and appeal to the people.”
Not only in Springfield
but everywhere else the founders of the Republican party--the apostles of freedom — went out to battle for the righteousness of their cause.
, having as usual been named as one of the Presidential electors, canvassed the State
, making in all about fifty speeches.
He was in demand everywhere.
I have before me a package of letters addressed to him, inviting him to speak at almost every county seat in the State
wanted him to go to one section of the State
to another, and Trumbull
still another; while every cross-roads politician and legislative aspirant wanted him “down in our country, where we need your help.”
Joshua R. Giddings
wrote him words of encouragement.
“You may start,” said the valiant old Abolitionist in a letter from Peoria
“on the one great issue of restoring Kansas
to freedom, or rather of restoring the Missouri Compromise
, and in this State no power on earth can withstand you on that issue.”
The demand for Lincoln
was not confined to his own State.
sent for him, Wisconsin
, also, while Norman B. Judd
and Ebenezer Peck
, who were stumping Iowa
, sent for him to come there.