“Mum on the Great Question,” Fayetteville (NC) Observer, September 17, 1860, p. 2: 3.
Richmond (VA) Whig
Fayetteville Semi Weekly Observer
Mum on the Great Question
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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Mum on the Great Question. - What Mr. Breckinridge said in his speech at Lexington is of but very little account to the country. It was mostly personal explanations of small charges made against him in the newspapers of the country. What Mr. B did not say in his speech is of more importance to the country. He did not say, nor did he dare say, what course he would advise the Seceding and Disunion party he solely represents to take in case a Black Republican President should be elected.
A Breckinridge Disunion elector in Virginia put this question point blank to Douglas at Norfolk, and he got a point blank reply. That same elector pledged Douglas and his friends that Breckinridge should answer the same question. He has not done it. He dare not do it. Brave man that Breckinridge! Bully candidate he is! He talks twaddle for two hours about some nonsense never before heard of, but on this great subject, the real test question of Disunion, he is mum.