sun and wind of the natural world.
I do not know anything which measures the timidity of the American
nation better than the moderation of Lincoln
's speeches, a moderation which he was obliged to adopt in order to be listened to. He was always in danger of showing his heart; he must avoid the taint of Abolition, the suspicion of any attack upon the Constitution
He must step gingerly and remember what part of the State of Illinois
he is in at the moment.
Even when the war breaks out Lincoln
is obliged to invent a way of looking at that war which shall place the Union
cause in a popular light.
He is obliged to pretend that the war is not primarily about slavery at all. He is obliged to speak about the war in such a way as would be incomprehensible to any one who is not a close student of our conditions.
He must remember the Border States
Here was a war over slavery which had been visibly brewing for more than a lifetime.
The Anti-slavery party comes into power; the Slave States
revolt and the question is whether the Government
shall prosecute a war and extinguish slavery — or not. This is the way in which the educated foreigner viewed the matter, and he