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Commentaries.

The Garrisonian abolitionists do not support Fremont; on the contrary, they will neither vote for him nor advise others to do so.


Now, this is a false imputation. We have never evinced any such preference, in private or in public, in speech or in writing; on the contrary, we have uniformly expressed our ‘Preference’ for Fremont as against Buchanan or Fillmore, and this is the universal feeling of the ‘Ultra abolitionists.’


If we had a million of votes to bestow, we should cast them all for the Republican candidate.


Will you please state in reply whether the above fairly represents your views, and whether you will personally vote, and advise those who agree with you to vote, for Col. Fremont?

Yours,



The answer through the Liberator was immediate and unequivocal:

‘To these inquiries,’ said the editor,

we shall make1 categorical replies. 1. Personally, we shall not vote for Fremont. 2. We do not advise those who agree with us to vote for him, because he goes for perpetuating “the Union as it is'—we for its immediate dissolution as ” a covenant with death. “ 3. The language attributed to us by such lying journals as the Pennsylvanian and the Boston Post, being torn from its connection and basely garbled, does not truly represent our views. We said: ” If there were no moral barrier to our voting “ (but there is), and we had a million of votes to bestow, we should cast them all for Fremont, ” as against Buchanan and Fillmore—not because he is an abolitionist or a disunionist (for he is neither, any more than was Washington, Jefferson, Webster, Clay, or Jackson, occupying precisely their ground), but because he is for the non-extension of slavery, in common with the great body of the people of the North, whose attachment to the Union amounts to idolatry.

Well, the Presidential struggle will terminate on Tuesday2 next, with all its forgeries, tricks, shams, lies, and slanders. Laus Deo! Whatever may be the result, upon our banner will still be inscribed in ineffaceable characters the motto: “no Union with slaveholders!”

1 Lib. 26.174.

2 Nov. 4, 1856.

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