21 this outcast of the Democratic Party (thanks to1
his manly opposition to the annexation of Texas
Mexican War) received the nomination of the convention at Buffalo
It was, however, a strong Gerrit Smith
delegation which3 H. C. Wright
accompanied on the boat from Cleveland
For six hours during the passage the saloon was crowded with a caucus over which Owen Lovejoy
presided, with George Bradburn
and Asa Mahan
among the disputants as to men and measures.
What was left undiscussed overnight was taken up the next morning.
The drift was for a diversity of planks in the party platform, and, by general consent, land reform should be one; nor did the Western
mind shrink from anticipating that woman suffrage might ultimately be another.
Some wild talk concerning the power of Congress to abolish slavery in the States, and the power of the President
in disregard of the Supreme Court, was heard and noted by Mr. Wright
Two days and nights were consumed by the Convention4
in adjusting differences.
led the Eastern
wing, with the aid of Henry B. Stanton
, whose politician's progress had been shown in January at a Liberty Party5
Convention in Faneuil Hall, Boston
, where he said openly that there were in the community ‘a set of soulless scamps6
that could only be brought into our cause by the prospect of office; and if the Liberty Party
could only get 40,000 votes, as a capital to trade upon, they would soon have these miserable scamps jumping upon their backs to ride7
Quite naturally at Buffalo
he joined Leavitt
in contending that the Liberty Party
was not a permanent party, whereas Gerrit Smith
and the Liberty Leaguers
insisted that it was or should be, and should at once consider and advocate all the interests which ought to be represented in a civil government, in order to put them in practice on taking office.
was likewise in opposition to Goodell
and Gerrit Smith
and8 Lysander Spooner
on the question of the constitutionality of