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Why Lincoln Should not be Elected.

If the acts of Abraham Lincoln, if the arbitrary substitution of individual will, under the plea of military necessity, for the Constitution and law; if the general demoralization manifest every where throughout the country, be not sufficient to shake the confidence of the people of the United States in the capabillty and patriotism of the Lincoln dynasty, it will be impossible to present such additional facts and arguments as to penetrate their indifference, or wrest them from connivance at the destruction of their free institutions. All labor in that direction will be vain.

We have addressed the good sense of our countrymen — we have sought to inspire them with the importance of asserting their rights — we implore them to discard all sophistry, all false reasoning, all specious demagogury, and be men. If they do not, they will regret it but once, and that will last them through all time.

We call upon the people to pause on the brink of the abyss on which they are standing. The last hope of liberty will die, if they do not heed now. We ask all who are not satisfied to ponder well this arraignment:

1st. He is at heart a secessionist. On January 14th, 1858, he made a speech in Congress in which he said: "Any people, anywhere, being inclined, and having the power, have a right to rise up, and shake off the existing government and form a new one that will suit them better."

2d. He has violated his pledge to the people. In July 1861, Congress passed a resolution which was adopted by him, in these words: "That this war is not waged in any spirit of oppression, or for any purpose of conquest or subjugation, or for the purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or the established institutions of the States, but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution."

3d. He has violated the constitution which he took a solemn oath to support, in ways without number. His emancipation proclamation which he has issued, he himself acknowledged he had no power to do.

4th. He has suspended the habeas corpus in States where theewas no necessity for it. He has caused to be arested and imprisoned citizens for expressing their candid opinion as to the acts of the Administration, without allowing them a trail by jury, and he has afterwards discharged them without attempting to produce any charge against them.

5th. He has muzzled the mouth and the press in a more arbitrary manner than any despot in Europe,

6th. He has prolonged the war for the purpose of collecting a great army to aid and assist him to a re-election as president, at the point of the bayonet.

7th. He has sent armies to Florida, and Louisiana for the purpose of organizing new states for the purpose of voting for him for the most President — and by so doing twenty thousand men have lost their lives.

8th. He has squandered millions upon millions of public moneys to colonize and support the negroes, and has no sympathy for the white soldiers who are slain by thousands in the army.

9th. He has organized any army of negroes and forced them from the plantations where they could have raised supplied for the army and supported their families who are now starving and dying.

10th. He has initiated a system of extravagances and corruption in the conduct of the self, opposed to the election of a President for the second term. Be has violated his pledge and now says it was all a joke.

12th. Being suddenly raised from the common walks of life to the highest honor in the gift of the nation, he became vain and puffed up, and keeps a corps of soldiers as a body guard, which no other President ever did.

13th. He has a set of fanatics and shoddy contractors, and all kinds of speculators for his advisers, and they flatter him, which pleases his vanity, and makes him think he is the greatest man in the world. He will soon wake up and find all these things a joke, and honest old Abe will go down to posterity as a great joker and nothing else.