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LETTERS OF ACCEPTANCE OF MESSRS.
LINCOLN AND HAMLIN.
The following is the correspondence between the officers of the Republican National Convention and the candidates thereof for President and Vice-President:
CHICAGO, MAY 18, 1860.
To the Honorable ABRAHAM LINCOLN, of Illinois :
Sir-The representatives of the Republican party of the United States, assembled in convention at Chicago, have, this day, by a unanimous vote, selected you as the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States, to be supported at the next election; and the undersigned were appointed a committee of the convention to apprize you of this nomination, and respectfully to request that you will accept it. A declaration of the principles and sentiments adopted by the convention, accompanies this communication. In the performance of this agreeable duty, we take leave to add our confident assurance that the nomination of the Chicago convention will be ratified by the suffrages of the people. We have the honor to be, with great respect and regard, your friends and fellow-citizens,
GEO. ASHMUN, of Massachusetts,
CARL SCHURZ, of Wisconsin,
JAMES F. SIMMONS, of Rhode Island,
JOHN W. NORTH, of Minnesota,
GEO. D. BLAKEY, of Kentucky,
PETER T. WASHBURN, of Vermont,
A. C. WILDER, of Kansas,
EDWARD H. ROLLINS, of New-Hampshire.
NORMAN B. JUDD, of Illinois,
N. B. SMITHERS, of Delaware,
F. P. TRACY, of California,
E. D. WEBSTER, of Nebraska,
G. A. HALL, of District of Columbia,
JOHN A. ANDREW, of Massachusetts,
A. H. REEDER, of Pennsylvania.
SARINGFIELD, Ill., May 23, 1860.
Hon. GEORGE ASHMUN, President of the Republican National Convention:
Sir-I accept the nomination tendered me by the convention over which you presided, and of which I am formally apprized in the letter of yourself and others, acting as a committee of the convention, for that purpose.
The declaration of principles and sentiments, which accompanies your letter, meets my approval; and it shall be my care not to violate or disregard it, in any part.
Imploring the assistance of Divine Providence, and with due regard to the views and feelings of all who were represented in the convention; to the rights of all the States and territories, and people of the nation; to the inviolability of the Constitution, and the perpetual union, harmony, and prosperity of all, I am most happy to co-operate for the practical success of the principles declared by the convention.
Your obliged friend and fellow-citizen,
A similar letter was sent to the nominee for the VicePresidency, to which the following is the reply:
WASHINGTON, May 30, 1860.
Gentlemen-Your official communication of the 18th inst., informing me that the representatives of the Republican party of the United States, assembled at Chicago, on that day, had, by a unanimous vote, selected me as their candidate for the office of Vice-President of the United States, has been received, together with the resolutions adopted by the convention as its declaration of principles.
Those resolutions enunciate clearly and forcibly the principles which unite us, and the objects proposed to be accomplished. They address themselves to all, and there is neither necessity nor propriety in my entering upon a discussion of any of them. They have the approval of my judgment, and in any action of mine will be faithfully and cordially sustained.
I am profoundly grateful to those with whom it is my pride and pleasure politically to co-operate, for the honor so unex
peetedly conferred; and I desire to tender through you, to the members of the convention, my sincere thanks for the confidence thus reposed in me. Should the nomination, which I
now accept, be ratified by the people, and the duties devolve upon me of presiding over the Senate of the United States, it will be my earnest endeavor faithfully to discharge them with a just regard for the rights of all.
It is to be observed, in connection with the doings of the Republican Convention, that a paramount object with us is to preserve the normal condition of our territorial domain as homes for free men. The able advocate and defender of Republican principles, whom you have nominated for the highest place that can gratify the ambition of man, comes from a State which has been made what it is, by special action in that respect, of the wise and good men who founded our institutions. The rights of free labor have there been vindicated and maintained. The thrift and enterprise which so distinguished Illinois one of the most flourishing States of the glorious West, we would see secured to all the territories of the Union; and restore peace and harmony to the whole country by bringing back the government to what it was under the wise and patriotic men who created it. If the Republicans shall succeed iu that object, as they hope to, they will be held in grateful remembrance by the busy and teeming millions of future ages.
I am, very truly, yours,
Hon. GEORGE ASHIMUN, President of the Convention, and
others of the committee.