of the institution.
Opposition to slavery was a creed of neither political party.
But with the inauguration of the Mexican war, in fact with the annexation of Texas, the inevitable conflict commenced.
As the time for the Presidental election of 1856--the first at which I had the opportunity of voting — approached, party feeling began to run high.
Grant himself voted in 1856 for Buchanan, the candidate of the Slave States, because he saw clearly, he says, that in the exasperation of feeling1856 for Buchanan, the candidate of the Slave States, because he saw clearly, he says, that in the exasperation of feeling at that time, the election of a Republican President meant the secession of all the Slave States, and the plunging of the country into a war of which no man could foretell the issue.
He hoped that in the course of the next four years--the Slave States having got a President of their own choice, and being without a pretext for secession — men's passions would quiet down, and the catastrophe be averted.
Even if it was not, he thought the country would by that time be better prepared to receive