The Republicans, cheered over the prospect, had joined hands with the Abolitionists, and both were marching to victory under the inspiration of Lincoln
's sentiment, that “the further spread of slavery should be arrested, and it should be placed where the public mind shall rest in the belief of its ultimate extinction.”
As the canvass advanced and waxed warm I tendered my services and made a number of speeches in the central part of the State
I remember, in the midst of a speech at Petersburg
, and just as I was approaching an oratorical climax, a man out of breath came rushing up to me and thrust a message into my hand.
I was somewhat frustrated and greatly alarmed, fearing it might contain news of some accident in my family; but great was my relief when I read it, which I did aloud.
It was a message from Lincoln
, telling me to be of good cheer, that Ohio, Pennsylvania
, and Indiana
had gone Republican.1
These were then October States, and this was the first gun for the great cause.
It created so much demonstration, such a burst of enthusiasm and confusion, that the crowd forgot they had any speaker; they ran yelling and hurrahing out of the hall, and I never succeeded in finishing the speech.