1856, the elements in the State of Illinois, which have since been consolidated into the Republican party, assembled together in a State Convention at Bloomington.
They adopted at that time, what, in political language, is called a platform.
In June of the same year, the elements of the Republican party in the nation assembled together in a National Convention at Philadelphia.
They adopted what is called the National Platform.
In June, 1858--the present year — the Republicans of Illinois reain their platform, as I suppose, not differing in any essential particular from either of the former ones, but perhaps adding something in relation to the new developments of political progress in the country.
The Convention that assembled in June last did me the honor, if it be one, and I esteem it such, to nominate me as their candidate for the United States Senate.
I have supposed that, in entering upon this canvass, I stood generally upon these platforms.
We are now met together on th