The speeches of Lincoln
on his route from Springfield
ought to be collected in a volume and published for the admiration of posterity.
Without this, we don't believe it will be possible to convince the world hereafter that such a complete Sancho Panza of a fellow was ever actually elected to the Chief Magistracy
of a great Republic.
If such a volume should be published, accompanied by undeniable certificates of the authenticity of these speeches, it would furnish such a weapon in the hands of those who dispute the capacity of the people to govern themselves that no future country would ever make the attempt till the crack of doom.
The Inspired volume forbids us to speak ‘"evil of dignities,"’ and, therefore, after the 4th of March next, when Lincoln
becomes one of the dignities we shall not call him a fool or an ass. His absurd utterances on the route to Washington
certainly give color to the statement that his speeches in the Senatorial contest with Douglas
were prepared for him by a Republican committee.--We should think that by this time his best friends must begin to suspect that he is not the man for the crisis.
We should as soon think of putting out a fire in the dome of St. Peter
's with a penny squirt as to expect such a man as Lincoln
to overcome the portentous difficulties that now threaten this country.--By all means let his speeches from Springfield
be published, and adorned in the frontispiece with an engraving of Dame Partington
mopping out the Atlantic
with her broom.