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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by

TIE TRIBUNE ASSOCIATION,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the l'aited States for the Southern District of New York.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

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the citations of a frothy declaimer is sometimes the easiest and most convinci. ing refutation of his speech.

If a trace of partisan bias is betrayed in the thread of narrative which partially unites the successive reports, bills, votes, etc., presented in this work, the error is unintentional and regretted. Our purpose was to compile a record acceptable and convenient to men of all parties, and which might be consulted and trusted by all. Whatever is original herein is regarded as of no use or merit, save as a necessary elucidation of the residue. Without apology, therefore, or further explanation, the Text-Book is commended to the favor of the American public.

NEW-YORK, August 1st, 1860.

CONTENTS.

PAGD

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ABOLITION Conv. at Warsaw, N. Y., 1839. 2 BELL, John, of Tennessee, nominee of the

ABOLITIONISTS (Garrisonians) for Disunion. 173 Union party for President, 1860.

29

His Compromise Proposition

75

ACCEPTANCE of Presidential candidates.... 210

His letter accepting the nomination for Presi-

dent...

Adams, CHARLES FRANcis, of Massachusetts,

218

President Buffalo Convention, 1848; Nominee of BENJAMIN, JUDAH P., of Louisiana, on Pop-

do. for Vice-President....

17 ular Sovereignty..

194

Adams, GOVERNOR, South Carolina, re-

His opinion of Douglas...

196

commends in a Message the reopening of the Afri. BIRNEY, JAMES G., of Michigan, Abolition

can Slave-Trade..

208 candidate for President in 1840..

12

Adams, John, of Massachusetts, chosen

Liberty Party candidate for President in 1844..

President 1796–7: Reëlection defeated 1800_1.... 9 BONHAM, MILLIDGE L., of South Carolina,

Adams, John QUINCY, of Massachusetts,

for Dissolution..

172

elected President 1824 ; defeated candidate for Boyd, Linn, of Kentucky, defeated for

do. 1828....

10

Vice-President by Democratic Convention, 1856.. 24

ALLEN, CHARLES, of Massachusetts, offers BRECKINRIDGE, John C., of Kentucky,
Resolve in Whig National Convention, 1848..... 15

nominated Vice-President by Democratic Con.

AMERICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, 1856.... 23 vention, 1856..

24

Elected Vice-President 1856..

22

AMERICAN NATIONAL COUNCIL, 1856...... 23

Speech on General Politics at Frankfort Ky.,

in 1859...

Anti-MASONIC NATIONAL CONVENTIONS of

149

Gives casting vote against Free Homestead bill 187

1830 and 1831....

10

Accepts nomination for Presidency.

211

ANTI-SLAVERY ORDINANCE of 1784..

51

Bronson, Judge GREENE C., on Slavery,

ANTI-SLAVERY ORDINANCE of 1787.

52 letter affirming Slavery to exist only by positive

law....

Ashmun, GEORGE, of Massachusetts, Presi-

208

dent Republican National Convention, 1860.......

26 Brown, AARON V., of Tennessee, de-

Vice-President in Democratic Conven-

ATCHISON, David R., of Missouri, beaten tion 1856.....

24

for Vice-President in Democratic Convention, 1852 20
Banks, NATHANIEL P., of Massachusetts,

BUCHANAN, JAMES, of Pennsylvania, beaten
defeated for Vice-President in Rep. Conv., 1856... 22

for President in Democratic Convention, 1844.... 18

Beaten for President in Democratic Conven-

Supported for Vice-President in Republican Na-

28

tional Convention, 1860...

16

tion, 1843....

Nominated for President by Democratic Con-

Bates, EDWARD, of Missouri, President

vention, 1856..

24

Whig National Convention, 1856..

25 Elected President of the United States, 1856. 22
Candidate for President before Republican Con-

Message on Lecompton..

118

vention, 1860.

27 Special message on do.

Letter to the Missouri delegates to the Republi-

Veto of Homestead bill.

191
can Convention.

199

His letter in support of Lincoln and Hamlin.. 199

BORR, Aaron, chosen Vice-President,

1800-1..

9

BARBOUR, PHILIP P., of Virginia, beaten

for Vice-President..

10 BUTLER, WILLIAM O., of Kentucky, Demo-

BARBOUR, JAMES, of Virginia, President

cratic nominee and defeated candidate for Vice-

President, 1848..

16

first National Republican Convention...

11

Defeated for President and Vice-President in

President Whig National Convention, 1839..... 12

Democratic National Convention, 1852...... 20

BARNBURNERS of New York retire from De-

CALÆOUN, JOHN C., of South Carolina,

mocratic National Convention....

16

Nominate Van Buren and Dodge for President

elected Vice-President in 1824, and reelected in

10

and Vice-President...

17

BARTLETT, G. B., of Kentucky, President

CAMBRELENG, C. C., of N. Y. on Slavery... 204
American National Council, 1856..

28 CAMERON, Gen. Simon, of Pennsylvania,

Bayard, JAMES A., of Delaware, defeated

candidate for President before Republican Na.

tional Convention, 1860

27

for Vice-President in Democratic Convention, 1856 24

Presides over Seceders' Convention at Charles- CAMPBELL, LEWIS D., of Ohio, offers a re-

ton......

41 solve in Whig National Convention, 1848........ 15

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CARROLL, Gov. WILLIAM, of Tennessee,

Fourth Democratic National Convention, 1844 .. 13

President of the third Democratic National Con-

Fifth Democratic National Convention, 1848 16

vention, 1840....

12 Sixth Democratic National Convention, 1852... 20

Seventh Democratic National Convention, 1856 . 24

Cass, Gen, Lewis, of Michigan, beaten for

Eighth Democratic National Convention, 1860 29

President in Democratic Convention, 1844.. 13

Mr. Avery's (N. C.) Majority Report, from Com-
Democratic nomineee for President, 1848 ;

mittee on Platform; Mr. H. B. Payne's Mi-
beaten for President, 1848...

16

nority Report from Committee on Platform;
Beaten for President in Democratic Conven-

Senator Wm. Bigler's Compromise proposition 80

tion, 1852.

20 Mr. Avery's amended Majority Report ;_Mr.

Beaten for President in Democratic Conven-

Avery's remarks in favor of same ; Mr. H. B.

tion, 1856.

24

Nicholson Letter on Popular Sovereignty...

Payne of Ohio in reply

179 His extracts from Breckinridge, Orr, and Ste-

CHAPMAN, Gen. John G., of Maryland,

phens; Mr. Samuels's (of Iowa) Minority Re-

32

President, Whig National Convention, 1852...... 18

port..

Minority Report adopted, 165 to 138; Alabama

CHASE, SALMON P., of Ohio, candidate for

protests and withdraws.

83

President before Republican National Conven-

Mississippi withdraws

84

tion, 1860..

27 South Carolina, Florida, and Texas withdraws... 36

Proposes to Allow People of Kansas to prohibit

Arkansas retires..

Slavery

81 Georgia retires..

38

CLAY, Cassius M., of Kentucky, supported

Louisiana withdraws; Speech of Wm. B. Gaulden

of Georgia in favor of the Slave-Trade

39

for Vice-President in Republican National Con-

Fruitless ballots (57) for President; Adjournment

vention, 1860

28

to Baltimore; The Seceders at Charleston ; Se-

CLAY, HENRY, of Kentucky, beaten for

nator Bayard, of Delaware, Chairman; They

President, 1832.

11

adopt the Avery Platform

41

Defeated for President in Whig Convention at

They adjourn to Richmond; They meet at Rich-

Harrisburg, 1839. Defeated for President in

mond June 11; They finally adopt Breckin-

1844..

13

ridge and Lane; The adjourned Convention at

Defeated for President in Whig Convention,

timore; Gen. Cushing's opening Speech . 42

15

Mr. Howard, of Tennessee, moves admission of

CLINGMAN, Thomas L., of North Carolina,

original Delegates ; Mr. Kavanagh, of Minne-

sota, moves to lay on table ; Previous question

for Dissolution..

172

defeated.

43

Clinton, De Witt, defeated for President

Proposition of Mr. S. E. Church, of New-York;

Report of Committee on Credentials
Clinton, GEORGE, choseu Vice-President,

Minority Report of do.; Admission of Douglas

1804.

9

Delegates from Louisiana and Alabama

45

Cochrane, John, of New-York, presents

Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland

and California withdraw..

46

Anti-Slavery Resolves to Mass Meetings... 207 Delaware, and part of Kentucky, and Missouri

CONSTITUTIONAL UNION CONVENTION, 1860 29

withdraw; Gen. Cushing resigns the Chair;

Gen. Butler, of Massachusetts, offers a pro-

CRAWFORD, MARTIN J., for Dissolution 172

test..

CRAWFORD, WILLIAM H., of Georgia, beaten DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM (Davis's Resolu-

in Democratic Caurus for President in 1816; tions), adopted by the United States Senate, affirm-

Democratic Caucus candidate for President, 1824 9 ing the duty of Congress to establish a Slave Code

Beaten for President 1824....

10 in the Territories

194

CURRY, J. L. M., of Alabama, for Dissolu-

DICKINSON, DANIEL S., of New-York, sup-

tion..

172

ported for President in Democratic National Con-

CUSHING, Gen. CALEB, of Massachusetts, vention, 1860.

41

President of Democratic National Convention,

1860..

Dix, Gen. JOHN A., advocates Freedom

29

Retires from the chair at Baltimore.

47

for the Territories in the United States...

207

Presides over the Seceders' Convention at Bal-

timore....

DISUNION AVOWED by Southern Statesmen

48

in the event of the election of a Republican Presi.

DALLAS, GEORGE M., of Pennsylvania, nomi. dent..

170

nated for and elected Vice-President, 1844... 13

DOBBIN, JAMES C., of North Carolina, beaten

DAVIS, GARRETT, of Kentucky, defeated for for Vice-President in Democratic National Conven-

President in the American National Convention... 23 tion, 1856.

24

Davis JEFFERSON, of Mississippi, supported, Dodge, Gen. Henry, of Wisconsin, nomi-

1860, for President in National Democratic Con-

nated for Vice-President by New-York Radicals in

vention

41

17

His resolutions as they passed the Senate.

1848, but declined.

194

Davis, John, of Massachusetts, defeated for

DONELSON, ANDREW J., of Tennessee, nomi-

Vice-President in Whig National Convention, 1844. 13

nated for Vice-President by American Convention. 23

Indorsed by Whig National Convention, 1856 ... 25

Davis, John W., of Indiana, President De-

mocratic National Convention, 1852.......

20 DOUGLAS, STEPHEN A., of Illinois, beaten

for President in Democratic Convention, 1852... 20

Dayton, WILLIAM L., of New-Jersey, Re-

Beaten for President in Democratic Conven-

publican nominee for Vice-President, 1856; de-

24

feated therefor.....

tion, 1856.

22

Nominated at Baltimore in 1560

43

DEJARNETTE, DANIEL C., of Virginia, for Dis-

Proposes to extend the Missouri Compromise to

solution

172

the Pacific

Mr. Douglas' reply to Lincoln at Freeport.. 180

DELAWARE Declares for Free Territories

Mr. Douglas' “Harper" Essay on Popular So-

through Legislative resolves in 1820........

62 vereignty in the Territories.

182

Also in 1849 ..

201

Speech at Springfield, III., June 12, 1857.

151

DEMOCRACY OF MAINE for the Wilmot Pro-

Speech on the John Brown raid, July 16, 1860,

158

201

proposing a Sedition Law....

He tells what Popular Sovereignty has done for

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTIONS. -First

Slavery...

159

at Baltimore in 1832..

10 Accepts Nomination for Presidency.

212

Second at Baltimore in 1835

11 Extract from Speech in favor of Missouri Com-

Third Democratic National Convention, 1840 . 12

promise...

215

viso ......

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