“Nebraska Politics”, New York Daily Times, 15 July 1857, p. 2.
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To the Editor of the New York Daily Times:
In your issue of the 11th inst. Occurs the following passage from your correspondent “Scribe,” touching upon the political affairs of Nebraska: “In politics everything is quiet up here, though across the river the question as to who shall succeed Hon. B.B. CHAPMAN as representative is causing considerable agitation. He is figuring for reelection and has for competitors Gen. THAYER, Gen. LARIMER and Gen. EASTBROOK, all of whom are actively engaged in the canvass. The contest seems to lie between CHAPMAN and EASTBROOK, and judging from the host of friends of the latter, favorable to his success.”
Now, Mr. Editor, with all due respect for your informant, I beg leave to differ with him, and, Sir, I do so with the experience of two and a half years in the Territory. In the first place, your correspondent “Scribe” has only the information that may be derived from passengers upon a boat, or perhaps conversing with some of the State House Juncta in Council Bluff, Iowa, who may be there at the time of your correspondent’s temporary sojourn.
The contest is not between Gen. EASTBROOK and CHAPMAN- on the contrary, the real contest is between Gen. THAYER and EASTBROOK. As for CHAPMAN, his case is hopeless. The deceitful and double-dealing game that he played during the last canvass will not do now; he is too well understood; he has a face that looked both sides of the platter at once- North and South-and after all he did not receive a majority of the votes, but through cunning SMITE and RANKIN they made 550 votes count more than 578. So that easy old Bunsby Governor IZAED gave CHAPMAN the certificate, but it will not be so now; Gen. THAYER, the people’s favorite, the honest Democrat, will be first North and first South of the Platte. Gen. EASTBROOK second and CHAPMAN nowhere-or in Ohio, where he was 30 days before the Junta elected him to Congress. A word or two in regard to the gentlemen mentioned as candidates for delegate to Congress from the Territory. Gen. EXPERIENCE EASTBROOK hails from Wisconsin, he is the present United States Attorney for Nebraska- he is a gentleman of fair talents, but not very popular with the people, owing more to their fault than his. General LARIMER is from Pittsburg, Pa., an old-fashioned Hard-Cider Whig. He was at one time an extensive operator in land stock. He has no talent or ability either as a statesman or politician, but withal an honest and good meaning man.
General THAYER is from Massachusetts, a lawyer of high standing, a gentleman of unassuming manners, with a high sense of honor, well beloved by all who know him, and they are legion; the poor man’s friend, and advocate of the Cincinnati platform, where is embodied the following resolution:
Resolved, That we recognize the right of the people of all the Territories, including Kansas and Nebraska, acting through the fairly expressed, not implied will of “the majority of actual residents, and whenever the number of their inhabitants justifies it, to form a Constitution, with or without domestic Slavery, and be admitted into the Union upon terms of perfect equality with the other States.