always appear that it was the policy of Salmon P. Chase
, Charles Sumner
, Thaddeus Stevens
, Horace Greeley
, Henry Ward Beecher
, and other advocates of the radical cure, with whom the President
was in constant opposition, that prevailed in the end, and with a decisiveness that proves it to have been feasible and sound from the beginning.
's most ultra prescription-his Emancipation Proclamation
— was ineffective.
If it was intended to eradicate slavery altogether, it was too narrow; if to free the slaves of Rebels only, it was too broad.
So with his other propositions.
His thirtyseven-year-liberation scheme, his “tinkering off” policy (as he called it) for Missouri
, his reconstruction proposals, and his colonization projects, all failed.
Indeed, if we take his official action from first to last, it is a question whether the President
, owing to his extreme conservatism, was not more of an obstructionist than a promoter of the Anti-Slavery cause.
Not that any change of opinion on the point just stated will materially affect the general estimate in which Mr. Lincoln
Although his popularity, due, in part at least, to the extravagance of over-zealous admirers, has without much doubt already passed its perihelion, it can never disappear or greatly diminish.
His untiring and exhaustive labors for the Union
, the many lovable traits of his unique personality, his unquestionable honesty, his courage, his patriotism, and, above all, his tragic taking off, have unalterably determined his place in the regard of his countrymen.
Indeed, so strong is the admiration in which he is held, that it would be vain to attempt to disabuse many, by any amount