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KEPUBLICAN SCRAP BOOK;
THE PLATFORMS, AND A CHOICE SELECTION OF EXTRACTS, SETTING FORTH
THE REAL QUESTIONS IN ISSUE, THE OPINIONS OP THE CANDIDATES, THE
NATURE AND DESIGNS OF THE SLAVE OLIGARCHY, AS SHOWN BY THEIR
OWN WRITERS, AND THE OPINIONS OF CLAY, WEBSTER, JdSIAH
QUINCY, AND OTHER PATRIOTS, ON SLAVERY AND ITS • ■
"But fool is he the yok*.thai flingt
That binds the giant while asleep;
The daylight from the world to keep."— Hogg.
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This pamphlet has been prepared with a view to preserving in a convenient form and keeping before the people certain facts and views that are of the utmost importance in the present canvass. The Platforms of the three parties are given, the nature and designs of the slave oligarchy in their endeavor to elect Buchanan and'to divide the North, are •hown forth by extracts from their own writers. In opposition to the nefarious doctrines of the plotters for slavery extension, that now control the Democratic party, the views are here presented of our greatest statesmen, Washington, Jefferson, Webster, Clay, Quincy, and others. Nothing can be more instructive than the contrast thus exhibited. The reader's attention is particularly called to those extracts which show the anti-republican and oligarchic character of the slaveholding class, and the debasing effect on the laborer of that slave system which the Democratic party would extend into all our Territories.
Editors of Fremont papers are especially desired to examine the extracts here presented. Many of them, it is believed, will bear republication, and a more general diffusion than they have yet had.
From the N. T. Evening Post for Sept. 5.
The friends of Mr. Fillmore now rest what little hope is left them upon the House of Representatives. There is no well-informed man among them who does not fully understand that there is no chance of his election by the people. The policy now agreed upon by the more knowing ones among them seems to be simply this: to use his nomination as part of the machinery for preventing Colonel Fremont from obtaining a majority of the electoral votes. If they should succeed in this, they
count very confidently upon preventing his election by the House of Representatives.
In a long; article which appears in the Washington Daily American Organ of yesterday, the plan is stated very broadly, and in such a manner as to commend it to the favor of those who support the Cincinnati platform and its candidates. In substance it amounts to this — that the Buchaniers and the Know-Nothings are to act together in such a manner as to prevent the choice of Fremont by the electoral colleges, and having brought the election by this means into the House of Representatives, are to unite upon Mr. Breckinridge as VicePresident, leaving the Presidency vacant The executive chair would then be filled by the Vice President, who would be expected, as a matter of course, to be suitably grateful to auxiliaries from the Know Nothing party by whose aid he was made the acting Chief Magistrate. The plan is thus stated by the American Organ. We preserve the italics of the original:
"It is, we think, perfectly evident, that if there be no election by the people, through the electoral colleges, Mr. Breckinridge would be chosen Vice-President by the Senate, and in the event of a failure by the House of Representatives to elect a President, he would become the President — a lesser calamity, in our judgment, than the election of Buchanan. The Richmond Enquirer may * make the most' of this opinion.
a We suppose we may safely assume, that with all classes in the South, the election of Breckinridge as Vice President, and his accession to the Presidency, would be greatly preferred to the election of Buchanan as President. It being certain that the Democratic Senate would elect Breckinridge as Vice President, and that, if no election were made by the House, he would become the President, by virtue of his election as Vice President, it follows that no Southern or conservative man can reasonably object to having the election thrown into Congress. The failure of an election by the people, under this state of the case, brings no increased danger to the South, or to any portion of the country; for, the House would either elect Fillmore as President, or, there being no election by the House, Breckinridge would become the President.
"Mr. Breckinridge is an honorable opponent — a high-minded and patriotic gentleman
— a man of mind, of talents, and of integrity
— he is young, too, with a future before him — he is without trainers and dependants — he could form his own associations—in all this there is hope.
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"We are not afraid of the House of Representatives—we believe that Mr.Fillmore would be certainly elected by that body — but if not, we should have some consolation under our temporary defeat, in the considerations we have mentioned.
"The advocates of Buchanan in the South have sought to infuse a horror into the public mind at the bare idea of the election being thrown into the House, assuming that the election of Fremont might result from it. We have heretofore shown that Fremont's election by the House is impossible. Every man who understands the condition of parties in the House, and who knows that each State has but one vote in the election of President by the House, knows that the idea of Fremont's election by that body is simply ridiculous. The advocates of Buchanan, however, dread the House of Representatives—they know that he cannot be elected there — they know that the Fillmore States hold the balance of power, and that they could give the Republicans their choice, to permit Breckinridge to become the President, or to elect Fillmore to that position! The argument, then, which has been used at the South, in favor of a union upon Buchanan, to keep the election out of the House, is deceptions and Jesuitical."
*' It is more, — it is dangerous in the extreme; for if by such arguments the South should be induced to unite upon Buchanan, the country would be at once arrayed in a sectional contest,—purely so ; and were such a contest to be tendered by the South to the North, and accepted by them, the result would be the triumph of a Northern sectional party. But the
pretended danger, if the election were thrown into the House, is a transparent bugbear—a phantom which would not frighten half-grown children. We hope that Fillmore may be elected by the electoral colleges, but if not, we shall not * despair of the republic ' if the election devolves upon the House. Far from it" It is well said, that none of us know
"To what base uses we may come at last.'*
Mr. Fillmore, good, easy man, in the innocency of his heart, supposes that he is nominated to be elected. No such thing; he is only nominated to divide the North, to draw off votes from Fremont, to help make John C. Breckinridge Vice President. The declarations with which the development of this plan is sweetened, that Mr. Fillmore will " certainly" be elected by the House, if by proper mancevres a choice by the people can be prevented, amount to nothing. The American party is feeble in the House of Representatives and the Buchanan party strong, and the compact and well-drilled body who support the administration will not come over to the few and somewhat vacillating and irresolute members calling themselves Americans, and give them all they ask by making Mr. Fillmore President. It is absurd to suppose them willing to make a losing bargain like this, when the American Organ assures them in the same breath that it is willing to give them an infinitely better one in conferring the Chief Magistracy on one of their candidates—Breckinridge. The election of Fillmore by the House is, therefore, an impossibility.
Mr. Fillmore must be exceedingly flattered when he discovers the object for which he is set up. The American Organ, it will be seen, acknowledges that, if he were to retire from the field, the triumph of the Republican candidate would be certain. "If," says the Organ, "the South should be induced to unite upon Buchanan, the country would be at once arrayed in a sectional contest,—purely so; and in such a contest, tendered by the South to the North, and accepted by them, the result will be the triumph of a Northern sectional party." This is to say, Buchanan would be beaten in any fair computation upon the ground which he and his followers have taken, the extension of slavery. Make that the point in dispute— as it really is — withdraw all topics got up for the purpose of distracting the attention of the people, — extinguish all false lights, and the Organ acknowledges that the people would give their voice for Fremont.
We do not know what Buchanan may say