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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by
THE TRIBUNE ASSOCIATION,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.
W. H. TINSON, Stereotyper.
THE single end of this book is the presentation, in a compact and convenient form, of the more important facts, votes, resolves, letters, speeches, reports and other documents, which elucidate the political contest now agitating this country. It has been our aim to let every candidate and other important personage speak for himself, make his own platform, and vindicate (if he may) his own consistency and the soundness of his views on the great questions which underlie our current politics.
Of course, such a work can have but a comparative merit. Make it ever so large, and still many things must be omitted that the compiler would wish to insert; and every critic will plausibly ask, "Why insert this and omit that? Why give so much of A. and so little of B. ?" Beside, it is not always possible to remember, or, if remembered, to find, all that would be valued in a work like this. We can only say that we have done our best: let him do better who can.
Inaccuracy of citation is one of the chief vices of our political discussions. You can hardly listen to a set speech, even from a well-informed and truthful canvasser, which is not marred by some misapprehension or unconscious misstatement of the position and views of this or that prominent statesman. Documents, heedlessly read and long since lost or mislaid, are quoted from with fluency and confidence, as though with indubitable accuracy, when the citations so made do gross injustice to their author, and tend to mislead the hearer. We believe the documents collected in this work are so printed that their general accuracy may be safely relied on.
By canvassers of all parties, we trust our Text-Book will be found convenient, not to say indispensable. But those who only listen, and read, and reflect, will also find it a manifest help to a clear understanding of the issues and contentions of the day. They will be interested in comparing the actual positions taken by Mr. Lincoln, or Mr. Douglas, or Gen. Cass, or Mr. Everett, as faithfully set forth in this work, with those confidently attributed to that statesman in the fluent harangue of some political opponent, who is intent on blazoning his inconsistency or proving his insincerity. To verify and correct
the citations of a frothy declaimer is sometimes the easiest and most convinci. ng refutation of his speech.
If a trace of partisan bias is betrayed in the thread of narrative which partially unites the successive reports, bills, votes, etc., presented in this work, the error is unintentional and regretted. Our purpose was to compile a record acceptable and convenient to men of all parties, and which might be consulted and trusted by all. Whatever is original hercin is regarded as of no use or merit, save as a necessary elucidation of the residue. Without apology, therefore, or further explanation, the Text-Book is commended to the favor of the' American public.
NEW-YORK, August 1st, 1860.
Fourth Democratic National Convention, 1844
Fifth Democratic National Convention, 1848.
Sixth Democratic National Convention, 1852.
Seventh Democratic National Convention, 1856.
Eighth Democratic National Convention, 1860
Mr. Avery's (N. C.) Majority Report, from Com-
mittee on Platform; Mr. H. B. Payne's Mi-
nority Report from Committee on Platform;
Senator Wm. Bigler's Compromise proposition
Mr. Avery's amended Majority Report; Mr.
Avery's remarks in favor of same; Mr. H. B.
Proposition of Mr. S. E. Church, of New-York;
Report of Committee on Credentials
Minority Report of do.; Admission of Douglas
Delegates from Louisiana and Alabama.
Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland
Delaware, and part of Kentucky, and Missouri
withdraw; Gen. Cushing resigns the Chair;
Gen. Butler, of Massachusetts, offers a pro-
DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM (Davis's Resolu-
tions), adopted by the United States Senate, affirm-
ing the duty of Congress to establish a Slave Code
DONELSON, ANDREW J., of Tennessee, nomi-
nated for Vice-President by American Convention.
Indorsed by Whig National Convention, 1856 ...
20 DOUGLAS, STEPHEN A., of Illinois, beaten
for President in Democratic Convention, 1852...
Beaten for President in Democratic Conven-
South Carolina, Florida, and Texas withdraws... 36
Louisiana withdraws; Speech of Wm. B. Gaulden
They adjourn to Richmond; They meet at Rich-
Mr. Howard, of Tennessee, moves admission of
original Delegates; Mr. Kavanagh, of Minne-
sota, moves to lay on table; Previous question
DICKINSON, DANIEL S., of New-York, sup-
ported for President in Democratic National Con-
DIX, Gen. JOHN A., advocates Freedom
for the Territories in the United States.....
DISUNION AVOWED by Southern Statesmen
in the event of the election of a Republican Presi-
DOBBIN, JAMES C., of North Carolina, beaten
for Vice-President in Democratic National Conven-
DODGE, Gen. Henry, of Wisconsin, nomi-
Mr. Douglas' reply to Lincoln at Freeport..
Mr. Douglas' "Harper" Essay on Popular So-
vereignty in the Territories..
Speech at Springfield, Ill., June 12, 1857.
Speech on the John Brown raid, July 16, 1860,
He tells what Popular Sovereignty has done for