expressed preference for White
,--on whom all the anti-Jackson forces were disposed to concentrate, and which was but a mere question of men,--there is much food for thought in the second paragraph.
His broad plan for universal suffrage certainly commends itself to the ladies, and we need no further evidence to satisfy our minds of his position on the subject of “Woman's rights,” had he lived.
In fact, I cannot refrain from noting here what views he in after years held with reference to the great questions of moral and social reforms, under which he classed universal suffrage, temperance, and slavery.
“All such questions,” he observed one day, as we were discussing temperance in the office, “must first find lodgment with the most enlightened souls who stamp them with their approval.
In God's own time they will be organized into law and thus woven into the fabric of our institutions.”
The canvass which followed this public avowal of creed, was more exciting than any which had preceded it. There were joint discussions, and, at times, much feeling was exhibited.
Each candidate had his friends freely distributed through the crowd, and it needed but a few angry interruptions or insinuating rejoinders from one speaker to another to bring on a conflict between their friends.
Frequently the speakers led in the battle themselves, as in the case of Ninian W. Edwards
— afterwards a brother-in-law of Lincoln
— who, in debate, drew a pistol on his opponent Achilles Morris
, a prominent Democrat.
An interesting relic of this canvass