rail-splitter who stood in girlish diffidence bowing with awkward grace would fill the chair once filed by Washington
, and that his name would echo in chants of praise along the corridor of all coming time.”
A week later the hosts were gathered for the great convention in Chicago
had rented rooms in the Tremont House
and opened up “Lincoln
I was not a delegate, but belonged to the contingent which had Lincoln
's interests in charge.
was the Springfield
delegate, and to him Lincoln
had given a letter authorizing the withdrawal of his name whenever his friends deemed such action necessary or proper.
was the active man, and had the business management in charge.
If any negotiations were made, he made them.
The convention was held in a monster building called the Wigwam.
No one who has ever attempted a description of it has overdrawn its enthusiasm and exciting scenes.
Amid all the dim and confusion, the curbstone contentions, the promiscuous wrangling of delegates, the deafening roar of the assembled hosts, the contest narrowed down to a neck-and-neck race between the brilliant statesman of Auburn
and the less pretentious, but manly rail-splitter from the Sangamon bottoms
With the proceedings of the convention the world is already well familiar.
On the first ballot Seward
led, but was closely followed by Lincoln
; on the second Lincoln
gained amazingly; on the third the race was an even one until the dramatic change by Carter
, of Ohio
, when Lincoln
, swinging loose, swept grandly to the front.
The cannon planted on the roof of the