Republican candidate in case Mr. Lincoln
resolved to stick might be called, that appeared so formidable at one time, faded away without the public knowing anything of its existence.
The reason was that it had no candidate.
It had relied on Chase
, knowing the unfriendliness there was between him and the President
, but Chase
said “No,” and that was the end of it.
The nomination of Mr. Chase
for the Chief Justiceship
has always been regarded as an act of great magnanimity on Mr. Lincoln
's part, as well as a clear perception of merit.
It was doubtless all that, but the actions of the two men at this time certainly make out a case of striking coincidence.
Such things rarely come by accident.
From what has been stated, it will be seen that the Missouri Radicals
were by no means alone in their opposition to the President
's nomination, for which they are so sharply taken to task by some of his biographers and eulogists.
They had plenty of company, the only difference being that they stood out in the open while the others acted covertly.
The Missouri Germans, who mostly approved the candidature of Fremont
, and some of whom refused to vote for Lincoln
, have been particularly assailed.
, in their Lincoln
biography, even go so far as to attack them on the ground of their religious, or rather anti-religious, beliefs, calling them “materialist Missourians,” “Missouri
agnostics,” etc., etc.
Now, after having lived among the Missouri Germans
at the time of our civil troubles, the writer is impelled to say a few words in their behalf.