ng the actual situation.
I am not now speaking of the motive underlying the proclamation of the President, but of its effect.
Without it he could not have been renominated and re-elected.
Another observation, in order to be entirely just to Mr. Lincoln, after what has been stated, would at this point seem to be called for. There is no doubt that from the first he was at heart an Anti-Slavery man, which is saying a good deal for one born in Kentucky, raised in southern Indiana and southern Illinois, and who was naturally of a conservative turn of mind.
Nevertheless, he was never an Abolitionist.
He was opposed to immediate-what he called sudden --emancipation.
He recognized the right --his own word — of the slave-owner to his pound of flesh, either in the person of his bondman or a cash equivalent.
He was strongly prejudiced against the negro.
Of that fact we have the evidence in his colonization ideas.
He favored the banishment of our American-born black people from their