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or to suppress a page without loss to the public or injustice to the author's fame. Therefore, what at first may appear to be an editor's purpose to swell the size of the volume, will, on a closer view, be found a necessity.'

In the State Library at Albany, within the past year, has been erected the marble bust of the Ex-Governor and Senator of New York. It is midway between the alcove of History and Philosophy, and its gaze is directed at that immense compilation of brain laborthe Edinburgh Review. A lady visitor, who was stranger to the place and face, pausing before it said, "Here beams in expression, thought, benevolence, earnestness and devotion to principle."

When the partisan rancor and political schisms of to-day shall have subsided, when prejudice shall have given place to candor, the Muse of History, we believe, will say the same of these volumes, and of those which time may add.

March 4, 1861.


Another volume like the present will be required for the speeches yet remaining in the editor's hands, unpublished. Several important speeches intended for this volume, and to which references are made in the Memoir, are unavoidably crowded out. An APPENDIX to the present volume contains the eloquent speeches made at the Chicago Convention; the Platform; and also the addresses of welcome presented to Mr. Seward on his visit to the Western States.



A Retrospect, 13—The Struggle for Freedom in 1850, 15-Mr. Seward's Course,

16-Death of President Taylor, 19-The Compromisers Triumphant, 20-Nomina-

tions of General Scott and Frank Pierce, 21-Defeat of the Whigs and Supposed

Overthrow of Mr. Seward, 22-Oration at Columbus, and Address before the

American Institute, 23-The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise, 24-Mr. Seward's

Speeches, 27-The New England Clergymen, 29-The Pacific Railroad and the

Homestead Law, 31-The Fugitive Slave Act, 32-Mr. Seward's Reëlection, 33-

The Plymouth Oration, 36-Aggressive Acts of Slavery, 36-Kansas Affairs, 37-

The Assault on Charles Sumner, 40-Organization of the Republican Party, 41—

Presidential Election of 1856, 43-Fulfillment of Mr. Seward's Prophecy, 44-The

Atlantic Telegraph, 45-The Tariff Assailed, 46-The Dred Scott Decision, 47–

Reconstruction of the Supreme Court, 49-Duties on Railroad Iron, 50-The

Lecompton Matter, 50-The English Bill, 53-Oregon and Minnesota, 54-Mormons

and Fillibusters, 55-The Elections of 1858, 56-Mr. Seward's Irrepressible Conflict

Speech, 56-Cuba, Kansas and the Pacific Railroad, 57-The Homestead Bill, 58—

The Indiana Senators, 60-Acquisition of Cuba, 61-Overland Mails, 61-Mr.

Seward Visits Europe and the Holy Land-Departure and Return, 63-Captain

John Brown takes Harper's Ferry, 68-The Elections of 1859, 69-Death of

Broderick, 70-Election of Speaker-The Impending Crisis, 70—Mr. Seward's

Great Speech in the Senate, February 29, 1860, 71-The Spring Elections of 1860,

favorable, 73-Presidental Nominations and Platforms, 74-The Republican Con-

vention at Chicago, 76—The Ballot, 77-Mr. Seward's Cordial Approval of the

Candidates and Platform, 78-His Visit to New England, Reception Speeches, 81-

Enters the Canvass for Mr. Lincoln, 84-Remarkable Tour and Speeches through




102-ATCHISON, 103-In Missouri, again—ST. Louis, 106-In Illinois-SPRING-

FIELD, Abraham Lincoln, 107-CHICAGO, 108-CLEVELAND, Ohio, 110-BUFFALO,

111-AUBURN, 113-End of Campaign, 113-Result, 114-Celebration of Victory,

115-Admission of Kansas-Secretary of State-Speeches on Secession and the

State of the Union, 117.

Admission of Kansas into the Union-Slavery and Compromises, July 2, 1856,
512. Kansas and the Army-The Spurious Laws-Barbarous Enactments-
Usurpations, August 7, 1856, 535. The same, at the Extraordinary Session-Com-
promises and Popular Sovereignty, August 27, 1856, 559. Lecompton and
Kansas-The Lecompton Constitution-The Dred Scott Decision and the Presi-
dent―The Kansas Governors-The Supreme Court, March 3, 1858, 574. The
same-The English Bill-The Conference Committee-Compromises and Peace-
Closing Speech, April 30, 1858, 604. The State of the Country-Speech on the
Bill to Admit Kansas into the Union under the Wyandotte Constitution-Labor
States and Capital States, February, 1860, 619. Secession-Speech at the New
England Dinner in New York City, December 21, 1860-Secession and Disunion
Considered-General Views, 645. The State of the Union-Speech in the Senate-
A Review of the Great Controversy-Election of Lincoln, January 12, 1861, 651.
The same Remarks on Presenting a Mammoth Petition from the Merchants of
New York in Favor of Preserving the Union-Debate with Senator Mason, January
30, 1861, 670.




The Chicago Platform-Speeches at the Chicago Convention, Messrs. EVARTS,
ANDREW, SCHURZ, BLAIR, BROWNING, BALDWIN, &c.-Reception Speeches of Gov.
Banks, Messrs. Longyear, Abbott, Gov. Randall, Judge Goodrich, Messrs. North,
Allison, Boynton, Wilder, Mayor Deitzler, Gov. Robinson, Mayor Wentworth, &c.
Mr. Seward's Speech to New York Delegation at Washington, on Inauguration
Day March 4, 1861, on his retiring from office as Senator, 692.



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