He had quarreled with the pro-slavery leaders, although of his own party.
He had defied President Buchanan
in denouncing border-ruffianism in Kansas
He had refused to give up his “popular sovereignty” dogma, although it clearly meant ultimate free soil.
The slave-masters hated him far more than they did Lincoln
I heard them freely discuss the matter.
They were more afraid of the vindictiveness of the fiery Douglas
than of the opposition of good-hearted, conservative Lincoln
In my opinion there was good reason for that feeling.
, as President
, would undoubtedly have pushed the war for the Union
with superior energy, and slavery would have suffered rougher treatment from his hands than it did from Mr. Lincoln
's. There was another reason why the slaveholders preferred the election of Lincoln
to that of Douglas
's election would furnish the better pretext for the rebellion on which they were bent, and which they had already largely planned.
They were resolved to defeat Douglas
at all hazards, and they succeeded.
had been very distasteful to the Abolitionists.
They called him a “dough — face.”
Nevertheless, quite a number of them where I lived in Missouri
voted for him. Missouri
was the only State he carried, and there he had less than five hundred majority.
He got more than that many free-soil votes.
I was strongly tempted to give him mine.
Chiefly on account of political associations, I voted for Lincoln
When it came to the second election, I again voted for Mr. Lincoln