peculiar manifestation of the feeling that has just been spoken of. He attended a conference of radical Anti-Slavery people that was held in a parlor of one of the old Pennsylvania Avenue hotels in Washington
, a few months before the nominating convention.
A number of well-known politicians were present, but probably the most prominent was Horace Greeley
The writer had never before seen the great editor, and was considerably amused by his unconventional independence on that occasion.
He occupied an easy chair with a high back.
Having given his views at considerable length, he laid his head back on its support and peacefully went to sleep; but the half-hour lost in slumber did not prevent him from joining vigorously in the discussion that was going on as soon as he awoke.
There seemed to be but one sentiment on that occasion.
All entertained the opinion that, owing to Mr. Lincoln
's peculiar views on reconstruction, and especially his manifest inclination to postpone actual freedom for the negro to remote periods, and other “unhappy idiosyncrasies,” as one of the speakers expressed it, his re-election involved the danger of a compromise that would leave the root of slavery in the soil, and hence his nomination by the Republicans should be opposed.
was clearly the choice of those present, but no one had a plan to propose, and, while some committees were appointed, I never heard anything more of the matter.
Two or three of those present on that occasion were in the nominating convention and quietly voted with the majority for Mr. Lincoln
The writer was