were led by such men as John Slidell, of Louisiana, and William L. Yancey, of Alabama, then, and long before, arch-conspirators against the life of the Republic.
In June, 1856, a National Democratic Convention was held at Cincinnati, when James Buchanan was nominated for President of the United States.
A platform was then framed, composed of many resolutions and involved declarations of principles, drawn by the hand of Benjamin F. Hallet, of Boston.
These embodied the substance of resolutione standing pre-eminently before this country — a young and gallant son of the South.
He then named John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, as a nominee for the Presidency.
Mr. Breckinridge was then Vice-president of the United States under President Buchanan, and subsequent events show that he was a co-worker with Davis and others against the Government.
He joined the insurgents, and, during a portion of the civil war that ensued, he was the socalled Secretary of War of Jefferson Davis. Veheme
a majority of the Massachusetts delegation, also withdrew.
We put our withdrawal before you, said Mr. Butler, of that delegation, upon the simple ground, among others, that there has been a withdrawal, in part, of a majority of the States, and, further (and that, perhaps, more personal to myself), upon the ground that I will not sit in a Convention where the African Slave-trade — which is piracy by the laws of my country — is approvingly advocated.
On the retirement of Mr. Cushing, Governor David Tod, of Ohio, one of the vice-presidents, took the chair, and the Convention proceeded to ballot for a Presidential candidate.
A considerable number of Southern delegates, who were satisfied with the Cincinnati platform, remained in the Convention, and, as their respective States were called, some of them made brief speeches.
One of these was Mr. Flournoy, of Arkansas, the temporary Chairman of the Convention at Charleston.
I am a Southern man, he said, born and reared amid the institut