Life of Abraham Lincoln: His Early History, Political Career, Speeches in and Out of Congress (Classic Reprint)

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Gentlemen, only a few more words as to this alliance. For my part, I have to say, that whether there be such an alliance, depends, so far as I know, upon what may be a right defini tion of the tei'm alliance. If for the Republican party to see the other great party to among themselves, and not be glad of it - if that is an I am in; but if it is meant to be said that the Republicans had formed an alliance going beyond that, by which there is contribution of money or sacrifice Of principle on the one side or the other, so far as the Republican party is concerned, if there be any such thing, I protest that I neither know any thing of'it, nor do I believe it. I will, however, say - as I think this branch of the argument is lugged in - I would before I leave it, state, for the benefit Of those concerned, that one of those same Buchanan men did once tell inc of an argument that he made for his opposition to Judge Douglas. He said that a friend of our Senator Douglas had been talking to him, and had among other things said to him Why, you don't _want to beat Douglas? Yes, said he I do want to beat him, and I will tell you why. I believe his original Nebraska Bill was right in the abstract, but it was wrong in the time that it was brought forward. It was wrong in the application to a Territory in regard to which the question had been settled; it Was brought forward at a time when nobody asked him it Was tendered to the South when the South had not asked for it.

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