of our compact of union, and that all acts of individuals or of State Legislatures to defeat the purpose or nullify the requirements of that provision, and the laws made in pursuance of it, are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect.
This, the last of the series, was likewise adopted, as follows: Yeas 36; Nays 6: Yeas as in the first instance, except that Messrs. Pearce
did not vote, their places being filled by Messrs.
; while the Nays were Messrs. Chandler
, and Wilson
The Senate then proceeded, on motion of Mr. Wilson
, of Massachusetts
, to reconsider Mr. Clingman
's resolution hitherto given--Mr. Wilson
stating that, for himself and his friends, they wished to have nothing to do with any part of the series, and therefore moved the reconsideration; which prevailed: Yeas 26; Nays 8.
And the resolution of Mr. Clingman
, being reconsidered, was rejected.
And so, Mr. Jefferson Davis
's entire series, without the change of a comma, affirming and emphasizing the worst points of the Dred Scott
decision, and asserting as vital truths propositions which even the Southern
Democracy voted down when first presented to a Democratic National Convention by Mr. Yancey
in 1848, were now adopted by the United States Senate as necessary deductions from the fundamental law of the land.
The Democratic National Convention of 1856 had decided that its successor should meet at Charleston, S. C.
, which it accordingly did, on the 23d of April, 1860.
Abundant premonitions of a storm had already been afforded.
One delegation from the State of New York
had been chosen by the Convention
which nominated State officers at Syracuse
the preceding Autumn; while another had been elected by districts, under the auspices of Mr. Fernando Wood
, then Mayor
of the Commercial Emporium
The former was understood to favor the nomination of Senator Douglas
; the latter to oppose it, and incline to entire acquiescence in whatever the South
might propose or desire.
Two delegations had, in like manner, been chosen from Illinois
, under similar auspices.
The National Committee had issued tickets to what it esteemed the regular, or anti-Wood, delegation from New York, admitting them to seats in the Convention
, and excluding their competitors.
Francis B. Flournoy
, of Arkansas
, was chosen temporary Chairman
; Gen. Caleb Cushing
, of Massachusetts
, was, on the second day, made permanent President
, and a Committee on Platform, consisting of one member from each State, appointed.
On the third day, the contests were decided in favor of the anti-Wood delegation from New York and the Douglas men from Illinois
On the fourth, no progress was made.
On the fifth, Mr. Avery
, of North Carolina
, from a majority of the Committee
on Platform (17 to 14), but representing a minority of the People and of the Electors of President
, reported a series, whereof the material proposition was as follows:
Resolved, That the platform adopted at Cincinnati be affirmed, with the following resolutions:
That the National Democracy of the United States hold these cardinal principles on the subject of Slavery in the Territories: First, That Congress has no power to abolish Slavery in the Territories; second, that