Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Beginning of the Presidential Campaign,” April 7, 1859

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    “The Beginning of the Presidential Campaign,” Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, April 7, 1859, p. 2: 1.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


    The proverb which says that It never Rains but it Pours, was never more strikingly illustrated than on Monday and Tuesday last, when the Republican victories in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Springfield, and the State of Connecticut, came crowding each other other over the wires. The example of New Hampshire seems to have infected the whole country. The Charleston nomination is becoming an abstraction – an honor too void of significance to be worth a quarrel. Shortly before the election in Connecticut, Senator Douglas addressed a letter to the pro-slavery committee of that State, putting the issue of Popular Sovereignty squarely before the people, and claiming the anticipated triumph of the Democracy as a victory for his “great principle.” It is hoped he is satisfied with the estimate there placed upon his “principle.” The whole hocus pocus of the Democratic platform has come down in a heap – Popular Sovereignty, Dred Scott, Cuba Stealing, Slave Trade, and the whole fabric of fraud and falsehood.

    To every sagacious observer of political events and the current popular opinion, it must be evident that nothing but the grossest incapacity and mismanagement can prevent a Republican triumph in the nation in 1860. The campaign has in one sense already begun. Each general election is looked upon as indicative of the result of the great battle next year, and the contestants everywhere make their appeals on the basis of that strife. To this point in the latter half of Mr. Buchanan’s term, the success of the Republican cause has been complete and uninterrupted. Whatever may be predicted upon present majorities, coupled with thorough organization and a righteous cause, may be set down to the account of Republicanism in the approaching Presidential contest. Who does not say that Freedom shall achieve a conclusive triumph in 1860?

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