Lincoln.

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Thursday, October 14, 1858.

Lincoln, like the Journal advocated negro equality with the whites when he was in this section of the State, but like that paper, he finds that white people are not ready to endorse that doctrine, and just as our inconsistent neighbors, Lincoln is advocating the Dred Scott decision, and is of opinion that, after all, a negro ought not to be recognized as a "citizen. He ought not to be permitted to testify in court (in self defence) against a white man." Now, who will say Lincoln has not changed the meaning of "that old Declaration," if his first construction was right? – Which has made the greatest change, Lincoln or the Journal? This discussion will be left open for the Abolition Republican party, knowing that its members still remember Lincoln and the Journal's sayings on the negro equality question. Fearing it may not be remembered we will give what the Journal said a few months ago:

"We believe the negro is human – he has a soul – he has intellect – and in so far as the rights of suffrage or any other right of citizenship is concerned, he should be placed on an equality with the rest of mankind."