ccepted the office to which he had been chosen, and made a speech to the Convention, acknowledging with gratitude the expression of their confidence in calling him to that high station.
He was in an embarrassing position.
His Union speeches in November and January
See pages 54 to 57, inclusive. were yet ringing in the ears of the people, and his present attitude needed explanation.
He thought it prudent not to attempt any explanation, and simply remarked: It is sufficient for me to say, that it may be deemed questionable if any good citizen can refuse to discharge any duty which may be assigned him by his country in her hour of need.
At Milledgeville, in November,
See page 54. Mr. Stephens's vision of his c country embraced the whole Republic, from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean, and from the region of ice to the region of perpetual bloom, with a population of more than thirty millions.
At Montgomery, in February--ninety dayslater — he saw his country dwarfed to the insig