approval was not even required to make it legally effective.
The story of the proclamation, with not a few variations, has often been told; but the writer fancies that the altogether correct account has not always been given.
It may be presumptuous on his part, but he will submit his version.
To understand the motive underlying the proclamation we must take into account its author's feeling toward slavery.
Notwithstanding various unfriendly references of an academic sort to that institution, he was not at the time the proclamation appeared, and never had been, an Abolitionist.
Not very long before the time referred to the writer heard Mr. Lincoln
, in his debate with Stephen A. Douglas
at Alton, Illinois
, declare-laying unusual emphasis on his words: “I have on all occasions declared as strongly as Judge Douglas
against the disposition to interfere with the existing institution of slavery.”
was what was then called a “dough-face” by the Abolitionists-being a Northern man with Southern principles, or “proclivities,” as he called them.
Only a little earlier, and several years after Mr. Lincoln
had claimed to be a Republican, and a leader of the Republicans, he had, in a speech at Bloomington, Illinois
, asserted that, “the conclusion of it all is that we must restore the Missouri Compromise
Now the adoption of the Missouri Compromise
was the hardest blow ever inflicted on the cause of free soil in America
It did more to encourage the