and excitement and fatigue of the campaign were over: the enthusiastic political workers threw aside their campaign uniforms, the boys blew out their torches, and the voter approached the polls with his ballot.
On the morning of election day I stepped in to see Mr. Lincoln
, and was surprised to learn that he did not intend to cast his vote.
I knew of course that he did so because of a feeling that the candidate for a Presidential office ought not to vote for his own electors; but when I suggested the plan of cutting off the Presidential electors and voting for the State
officers, he was struck with the idea, and at last consented.
His appearance at the polls, accompanied by Ward Lamon
, the lamented young Ellsworth
, and myself, was the occasion of no little surprise because of the general impression which prevailed that he did not intend to vote.
The crowd around the polls opened a gap as the distinguished voter approached, and some even removed their hats as he deposited his ticket and announced in a subdued voice his name, “Abraham Lincoln
The election was held on the 6th of November.
The result showed a popular vote of 1,857,610 for Lincoln
; 1,291,574 for Douglas
; 850,022 for Breckenridge
; and 646,124 for Bell