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The Jacksonville Sentinel. 'Lincoln Afraid to Acknowledge the Principles of His Party' in 'The Jacksonville Sentinel' . Jacksonville, IL: J. R. Bailey, 1858. [format: newspaper], [genre: article]. Permission: Public domain
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Lincoln Afraid to Acknowledge the Principles of His Party.

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August 27, 1858.


The Republicans have made it a matter of boasting, for the last few weeks, that Senator Douglas was afraid to meet Mr. Lincoln in debating the political doctrines that divide the two parties. Well, Mr. Lincoln and his friends have had the pleasure (if pleasure it was) of meeting the "little Giant" at Ottawa on the 21st, inst. and of measuring political swords with him, and although old Abe is somewhat celebrated in the use of that instrument, the Illinois Giant at the first onset pushed his adversary to the wall, and never c eased for a moment his blows, until Abraham was taken by his friends dispirited and overcome from the unequal contest. Mr. Douglas charged upon Mr. Lincoln of co-operating with Lovejoy and Codding in 1854, of holding a convention in the city of Springfield, the avowed purpose of which was to supplant the whig and democratic parties by organizing then and there, a new party, to be hailed and known as the Republican party of Illinois. The convention selected a committee to draft resolutions, expressive of the sense of the convention; Mr. Lincoln had the distinguished honor, in connection with Codding and Lovejoy, to constitute a member of that committee. The committee reported a series of resolutions among which was one to "repeal the fugitive slave law, to restrict slavery to those states in which it exists;" to prohibit the admission of any more slave states into the Union; "to abolish slavery in the district of Columbia; to exclude slavery from all the territories" &c. Mr. Lincoln acknowledged in his reply to Judge Douglas, that such a convention was held in Springfield; that its object was as stated in one of the resolutions, "to dissolve the political bands of old parties, and to organize new parties upon such principles, and with such views ads the exigencies of the nation might require;" and altho' his name was published as a principal actor in the convention, he said his name was put there without his authority. Now, to show conclusively what the Republicans will do, we have only to call the attention of your readers to what they have done, and what they say they will do again, should they get the majority in the state government. At the session of the legislature immediately succeeding the above convention we read in the House journal of the session of 1855, page 284 and 308, the following resolutions:

Resolved, By the House of representatives, the senate concerning therein; that our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our representatives requested to introduce, and to vote for a bill to restore such prohibition to the aforesaid territories, and also to extend a similar prohibition to all territory which now belongs to the United States, or which may hereafter come under their jurisdiction.

Passed yeas 41,
nays 32.

Every Republican in the house, with Judge Logan, voting for the resolution, and every Democrat voting against it.

Resolved, That our Senator in Congress be instructed, and our representatives requested, and to vote against the admission of any State into the union, the constitution of which does not prohibit slavery whether the territory out of which such state may have been formed shall have been acquired by conquest, treaty, purchase, or from original territory of the U.S.

Yeas 33.
nays 40.

Every Republican voting for it, but eight; Every Democrat voting against it.

It will be remembered that one of the leading Republicans who figured with Mr. Lincoln is getting up the resolutions which Mr. Douglas charged on Lincoln at Ottawa, was the same individual who reported as sustained the resolutions above copied from the House journal. — Here we have the resolutions of a party voting in the Legislature in a body, for the same doctrines embraced in the Lincoln and Codding resolutions, and if Mr. Lincoln is not committed to them, he certainly as a leader stands disconnected from his whole party in the only distinctive measures which enters into and constitutes their whole political platform. Furthermore; Mr. Douglas endeavored in every possible way to get Mr. Lincoln to say, whether he indorsed now or repudiated the doctrines contained in the resolutions, "but he was as silent as the grave."

After denying that he had any thing to do in getting up the Lovejoy and Codding resolutions, still he obstinately refused, after being repeatedly urged by Judge Douglas at Ottawa to say whether or not he endorsed the sentiments contained in the resolutions. No, Sir, Mr. Lincoln dare not answer pro or con, because let him answer either way, his political destruction is sure. If he gives his assent to the resolutions as embracing the principles by which he will be governed if elected, he looses the support of every conservative union loving man in the state. If he answers no, he cuts himself loose at once from the rank and file of this own party because one of the resolutions sets forth the following: — "That we will support no man for office, who is not positively and fully committee to the support for these principles." Now, in conclusion, let me ask, how can Mr. Lincoln stand opposed to the foregoing resolutions when the Republican party stands pledged that they will support no man for office, unless he comes bravely up to the principles laid down and endorsed in nearly all of their political platforms?


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The Jacksonville Sentinel. 'Lincoln Afraid to Acknowledge the Principles of His Party' in 'The Jacksonville Sentinel' . Jacksonville, IL: J. R. Bailey, 1858. [format: newspaper], [genre: article]. Permission: Public domain
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