produced a transcript of the bill.
's debates with1 Douglas
in 1858 were next overhauled by the abolitionists, with a not unfair emphasizing of expressions which showed how far the Whig Republican
then was from acknowledging the brotherhood of man, or from objecting to the Dred Scott
decision because of its disfranchising2
the free blacks.
His anticipation of Seward
's “irrepressible conflict” Ante, p. 470;
was quickly pointed out in mitigation—3
proof of his statesmanship if not of his humanity.
The language of his present supporters, even more than his own, furnished ground of abolition distrust of Lincoln
The Boston Advertiser
said that to elect him was the4
shortest way to repeal the Massachusetts Personal Liberty Law
—an end for which the Republican press of the State
strove both before and after the election.5
Moreover, in Lincoln
's own State, so cowardly were the Republicans that, Mr. Seward
chancing to be in Chicago
, and having recovered his tone in a late visit to Kansas
, so as to be able to reaffirm the ‘irrepressible conflict,’ the6
party managers wanted their torchlight procession to7
avoid passing his hotel!
In the same city, Mayor John Wentworth
having helped pay the fine of men8
imprisoned for aiding a fugitive to escape, and presided at a public deliverance meeting, ‘The party is crushed!’9
was heard from the audience; ‘Lincoln
‘Long John is playing thunder with us!’
‘Long John has gone over to Douglas
The Higher Power at the helm of affairs paid no attention to such trivialities.
The October State elections in Pennsylvania
, and Indiana
, following those in New10 England
, clearly foreshadowed the result of the national contest.
“Will the South
be so obliging as to secede from the Union
asked Mr. Garrison
And, ‘I salute your Convention with hope and joy,’ he wrote to his11
, on October 15. “All the omens are with us. Forward!”
N. R. Johnston.
On the sixth of November, Lincoln
was elected by the vote of every Northern12
State save one; and that array of the North