believing that Clay
could not be elected, he had used his influence to promote the nomination of Gen. Harrison
Then came the death of the president, the “apostasy” of Tyler
, and his pitiful attempts to secure a re-election.
The annexation of Texas
loomed up in the distance, and the repeal of the tariff of 1842.
For these and other reasons, Horace Greeley
was inflamed with a desire to behold once more the triumph of his party, and to see the long career of the eminent Kentuckian
crowned with its suitable, its coveted reward.
For this he labored as few men have ever labored for any but personal objects.
He attended the convention at Baltimore
that nominated the Whig
candidates—one of the largest (and quite the most excited) political assemblages that ever were gathered in this country.
During the summer, he addressed political meetings three, four, five, six times a week.
He travelled far and wide, advising, speaking, and in every way urging on the cause.
He wrote, on an average, four columns a day
for the Tribune.
He answered, on an average, twenty letters a day. He wrote to such an extent that his right arm broke out into biles, and, at one time, there were twenty between the wrist and the elbow.
He lived, at that time, four miles and a half from the office, and many a hot night he protracted his labors till the last omnibus had gone, and he was obliged to trudge wearily home, after sixteen hours of incessant and intense exertion.
The whigs were very confident.
They were sure
But Horace Greeley
knew the country better.
If every Whig had worked as he worked, how different had been the result!
how different the subsequent history of the country I how different its future!
We had had no annexation of Texas
, no Mexican
war, no tinkering of the tariff to keep the nation provincially dependent on Europe
, no Fugitive Slave Law, no Pierce
, no Douglas
, no Nebraska
The day before the election, the Tribune had a paragraph which shows how excited and how anxious its editor was: ‘Give to-morrow,’ he said, ‘entirely
to your country.
Grudge her not a moment of the daylight.
Let not a store or shop be opened—nobody can want to trade or work till the contest is decided.
It needs every man of us, and our utmost exertions, to save the city, the State
, and the Union
A tremendous responsibility rests upon us —an electrifying victory or calamitous defeat awaits us. Two days
only are before us. Action!
On the morning of the decisive