Remarks at Erie, Pennsylvania
February 16, 1861
Being hoarse and fatigued, he excused himself from speaking at any length or expressing his opinions on the exciting questions of the day. He trusted that when the time for speaking, fully and plainly, should come, he would say nothing not in accordance with the Constitution and the Laws and the manifest interests of the whole country. Counselling all to firmness, forbearance, and patriotic adherence to the Constitution and the Union, he retired amidst applause.