Quincy (IL) Whig, "Lincoln at the South," October 5, 1858

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"Lincoln at the South," Quincy (IL) Whig, October 5, 1858, p. 2.
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Zak Rosenberg, Dickinson College
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Lincoln at the South

As one of the indications of the dawn of a better feeling among candid, reasonable men at the South toward the Republican party, we are glad to see that both the Louisville Journal and the St. Louis Evening News urge the Americans of Illinois to support Hon. A. Lincoln the approaching election. They begin to appreciate the true position of the Republican party. The public debates between Lincoln and Douglas have gone far to remove that prejudice which has existed against us in the minds of many intelligent Southerners, who had given too ready credence to the lies of the doughfaces and demagogues at the North.

We have always thought that when the sensible and conservative men of the slave States came to understand our principles, they would be bound to acknowledge that they were fair and just, and in consonance with the doctrines of the framers of our Constitution. Over and over again have we declared that, with slavery in the States, we had nothing to do, and wanted nothing to do. Yet, the mad-dog cry of "abolitionists" has been raised against us-deceiving the ignorant, and even clouding the mind of the intelligent.

It is to be hoped that all of this is passing away-that the demagogue's occupation is gone-that we are about to look at the questions before us with a calm, unprejudiced judgment, and decide them as becomes American freemen, all having an interest in the perpetuity of our institutions and the Union. Let us sit down like brethren of the same household.

"That there Man."

Morris, when last heard from, was seen sneaking into Oquawka on last Saturday night to avail himself of whatever crowd might assemble at the Douglas meeting to be held there yesterday. Morris' chances are so ghostly slim that he has got to be desperately mean-so mean that he prowls about the district, without published appointments, watching and waiting for somebody who can "draw" to call meetings at which he may obtrude his ugly presence. For a while he held onto Grimshaw's coat tails, and now that Douglas has come into the district he is sneaking about after him; but we will bet our new hat that Douglas, seeing how Morris is likely to damage his chances in the district, will indignantly drive him off.

We have not learned whether Morris spoke at Oquawka or not, but if he attempted to do so, a man with the small pox appearing in the crowd would not produce a greater scattering. Morris stands no chance up there.

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