might boast its full share of the property, and more than its share of the intelligence and respectability, of the South
This party had but to be courageously faithful to its cardinal principle and to its abiding convictions to avert the storm of civil war. Had its leaders, its orators, its presses, spoken out promptly, decidedly, unconditionally, for the Union
at all hazards, and for settling our differences in Congress, in the Courts
, and at the ballot-box, it would have prevented the effusion of rivers of precious blood.
It was perfectly aware that the Republicans and their President elect
were powerless, even if disposed, to do the South
any wrong; that the result of the elections already held had secured1
an anti-Republican majority in either branch of the ensuing Congress; that the Supreme Court was decidedly and, for a considerable period, unchangeably on the same side.
In the worst conceivable event of the elections yet to come, no bill could pass respecting the Territories
, or anything else, which the “Conservatives” should see fit unitedly to oppose.
And yet, South Carolina
had scarcely indicated unmistakably her purpose, when many Bell
, and other Southern States, began to clamor and shout for Secession.
They seemed so absorbingly intent on getting, for once, on the stronger side, that they forgot the controlling fact that the side on which God is has always at last the majority.
The early State Elections of 1860 had not been favorable to the Republicans.
They had begun by carrying New Hampshire
by 4,443--a satisfactory majority; but were next beaten in Rhode Island
--an independent ticket, headed by William Sprague
for Governor, carrying the State
over theirs, by 1,460 majority.
, Gov. Buckingham
had been re-elected by barely 541 majority, in nearly 80,000 votes — the heaviest poll ever had there at a State Election.
It was evident that harmony at Charleston
would have rendered the election of a Democratic President
But, after the disruption there, things were bravely altered.
, early in September, elected a Republican Governor by 18,091 majority; Vermont
directly followed, with a Republican majority of 22,370; but when Pennsylvania
, early in October, declared unmistakably for Lincoln
— the former choosing Andrew G. Curtin
her Governor by 32,164 majority over Henry D. Foster
, who had the hearty support of all three opposing parties; while Indiana
chose Gen. Henry S. Lane
by 9,757 over T. A. Hendricks
, his only competitor, with seven out of eleven Representatives in Congress, and a Republican Legislature — it was manifest that only a miracle could prevent the success of Lincoln
the next month.
Yet the mercantile fears of convulsion and civil war, as results of Mr. Lincoln
's election, were so vivid and earnest that the contest at the North
was still prosecuted by his combined adversaries with the energy of desperation.
New York, especially, was the arena of a struggle as intense, as