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included ex-Gov. John A. Winston, right that we should part. Go your way, Wm. L. Yancey, Reuben Chapman,
and we will go ours. The South leaves you
--not like Hagar, driven into the wilderness, ex-M. C., and other prominent citi friendless and alone-but I tell Southern zens, thereupon withdrew from the men here, and, for them, I tell the North,
that, in less than sixty days, you will find a Convention.
united South standing side by side with us Mr. Barry, of Mississippi, next an- (Prolonged and enthusiastic cheering.)" nounced the withdrawal of the entire / Mr. Mouton, of Louisiana, briefly Mississippi delegation. Mr. Glenn, announced that all the delegates from of Mississippi, stated the grounds of his State but two would withdraw such withdrawal, as follows:
from the Convention, and protested “Sir, at Cincinnati we adopted a Platform against the right of the two to act or on which we all agreed. Now answer me, cast any vote in behalf of the State. ye men of the North, of the East, of the
Hon. James Simons, of South CarSouth, and of the West, what was the construction placed upon that Platform in dif- olina, announced the withdrawal of ferent sections of the Union? You at the the delegation from that State, in a West said it meant one thing; we of the South said it meant another. Either we
communication signed by all the were right or you were right; we were thirteen members thereof, in the wrong or you were wrong. We came here
words following: to ask you which was right and which was wrong. You have maintained your position.
“We, the undersigned delegates appointed You say that you cannot give us an acknowl by the Democratic State Convention of edgment of that right, which I tell you here South Carolina, beg leave respectfully to now, in coming time will be your only safety state that, according to the principles enunin your contests with the Black Republicans ciated in their Platform at Columbia, the of Ohio and of the North. (Cheers.)
power, either of the Federal Government or “Why, sir, turn back to the history of your of its agent, the Territorial Government, to own leading men. There sits a distinguished abolish or legislate against property in slaves, gentleman, Hon. Charles E. Stuart, of Michi- / by either direct or indirect legislation, is esgan, once a representative of one of the pecially denied; and, as the Platform adopted sovereign States of the Union in the Senate, | by the Convention palpably and intentionwho then voted that Congress had the con- ally prevents any expression affirming the stitutional power to pass the Wilmot Proviso, incapacity of the Territorial Government so and to exclude Slavery from the Territories; to legislate, that they would not be acting and now, when the Supreme Court has said in good faith to their principles, or in acthat it has not that power, he comes forward cordance with the wishes of their constiand tells Mississippians that that same Con- | tuents, to longer remain in this Convention, gress is impotent to protect that same spe- and they hereby respectfully announce their cies of property! There sits my distin- | withdrawal therefrom." guished friend, the Senator from Ohio (Mr.
Mr. John Milton, of Florida, next Pugh), who, but a few nights since, told us from that stand that, if a Territorial Govern announced the unanimous withdrawal ment totally misused their powers or abused
of the delegation from that State, in a them, Congress could wipe out that Territorial Government altogether. And yet, when protest signed by five delegates, which we come here and ask him to give us pro was read by Mr. Eppes, whereof the tection in case that Territorial Government robs us of our property and strikes the star
essential portion is as follows: which answers to the name of Mississippi "Florida, with her Southern sisters, is from the flag of the Union, so far as the entitled to a clear and unambiguous recogConstitution gives her protection, he tells nition of her rights in the Territories; and us, with his hand upon his heart-as Gov. this being refused, by the rejection of the Payne, of Ohio, had before done—that they majority report, we protest against receiving will part with their lives before they will the Cincinnati Platform with the interpretacknowledge the principle which we con ation that it favors the doctrine of Squatter tend for.
Sovereignty in the Territories--which doc“Gentlemen, in such a situation of things trine, in the name of the people represented in the Convention of our great party, it is | by us, we repudiate."
SOUTHERN PROTESTS AND WITHDRAWALS.
Mr. Guy M. Bryan, of Texas, next | didate; and, as this Convention has refused announced the withdrawal of the en
to recognize the principles required by the
| State of Arkansas, in her popular Conventire delegation from that State. In tion first, and twice subsequently reässerted their protest against the platform by Arkansas, together with all her Southern
sisters, in the report of a Platform in this adopted by the Convention, they de
Convention; and, as we cannot serve two clared “That it is the right of every citizen to
Lord our God. We cannot ballot for any
candidate whatsoever.” take his property, of any kind, including slaves, into the common territory belonging
Mr. J. P. Johnson, on behalf of equally to all the States of the Confederacy, and to have it protected there under the that portion of the Arkansas delegaFederal Constitution. Neither Congress
tion who had concluded not to leave nor a Territorial Legislature, nor any human power, has any authority, either directly or
the Convention until after time had indirectly, to impair these sacred rights; been afforded for consultation, said and, they having been affirmed by the deci- |
he hesitated, “because he conceived sion of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case, we declare that it is the duty of the that the stability of the Union itself Federal Government, the common agent of was involved in the action taken here all the States, to establish such government, and enact such laws for the Territories, and
by the Southern representatives." so change the same, from time to time, as The Georgia delegation here asked may be necessary to insure the protection
leave to retire for consultation, which and preservation of these rights, and prevent every infringement of the same. The was granted. Messrs. Bayard and affirmation of this principle of the duty of Whiteley-Senator and RepresentaCongress to simply protect the rights of
tive in Congress from Delawareproperty, is nowise in conflict with the heretofore established and well-recognized now retired from the Convention and principle of the Democratic party, that I joined the seceders. Mr. Saulsbury, Congress does not possess the power to legislate Slavery into the Territories, or to
the other Senator, gave his reasons exclude it therefrom.
for not retiring at this time, and the “ It is sufficient to say that, if the principles of the Northern Democracy are pro
Convention adjourned for the night. perly represented by the opinion and action Next morning, May 1st, Mr. Henof the majority of the delegates from that ry L. Benning presented a notificasection on this floor, we do not hesitate to declare that their principles are not only
tion from twenty-six of the thirtynot ours, but, if adhered to and enforced by four delegates from Georgia, that them, will destroy this Union."
they had decided to withdraw from the Mr. B. Burrow, of Arkansas, an
Convention-four of them in obenounced the withdrawal of three del dience to a vote of the majority, egates from that State, for these rea which they had opposed. sons :
Mr. Johnson, of Arkansas, now
announced the withdrawal, after due “1st. Because the numerical majority have usurped the prerogatives of the States consideration and consultation, of in setting aside the Platform made by the the remainder of the delegation from States, and have thus unsettled the basis of this Convention, and thereby permanently
his State ; but Mr. F. B. Flournoy disorganized its constitution. Its decrees, gave notice that he did not concur in therefore, become null and void.
this action. “2d. Because we were positively instructed by the Democracy of Arkansas to insist on.
The formal protest and withdrawal the recognition of the equal rights of the of ten delegates from Louisiana was South in the common Territories; and protection to those rights by the Federal Gov
now presented. It states that these ernment, prior to any nomination of a can- delegates act in obedience to a reso
lution passed by the Democracy of see no possible practical good to result to Louisiana in State Convention at
the country from demanding legislation upon
this theory, I am not prepared to disintegrate Baton Rouge, March 5, 1860, in the and dismember the great Democratic party
of this Union. following words:
* * * * .
“I would ask my friends of the South to “ Resolved, That the Territories of the come up in a proper spirit, ask our Northern United States belong to the several States as friends to give us all our rights, and take off their common property, and not to indivi the ruthless restrictions which cut off the dual citizens thereof; that the Federal Con supply of slaves from foreign lands. As a stitution recognizes property in slaves; and, matter of right and justice to the South, I as such, the owner thereof is entitled to would ask the Democracy of the North to carry his slaves into any Territory in the grant us this thing; and I believe they have United States; to hold them there as pro the patriotism and honesty to do it, because perty; and, in case the people of the Territo it is right in itself. I tell you, fellow-Demories, by inaction, unfriendly legislation or crats, that the African Slave-trader is the otherwise, should endanger the tenure of true Union man. (Cheers and laughter.) I such property, or discriminate against it by tell you that the slave-trading of Virginia withholding that protection given to other is more immoral, more unchristian in every species of property in the Territories, it is possible point of view, than that African the duty of the General Government to in Slave-trade which goes to Africa and brings terpose, by the active exertion of its consti a heathen and worthless man here, makes tutional power, to secure the rights of the him a useful man, Christianizes him, and slaveholder.”
sends him and his posterity down the stream
of time to enjoy the blessings of civilization. The two remaining delegates from (Cheers and laughter.) Now, fellow-DemoLouisiana gave notice that, though crats, so far as any public expression of the
State of Virginia —the great Slave-trading they did not personally desire to
State of Virginia-has been given, they are withdraw from the Convention, they all opposed to the African Slave-trade. should be governed by the action of
“Dr. Reed, of Indiana-Iam from Indiana,
and I am in favor of it. the majority of their delegation. : “Mr. Gaulden-Now, gentlemen, we are
Mr. W. B. Gaulden, of Georgia, told, upon high authority, that there is a made a speech against the course
certain class of men who strain at a gnat
and swallow a camel. Now, Virginia, taken by his colleagues, on the follow which authorizes the buying of Christian ing grounds:
men, separating them from their wives and
children, from all the relations and associa“I am not in favor of breaking up this tions amid whom they have lived for years, Government upon an impracticable issue, rolls up her eyes in holy horror when I upon a mere theory. I believe that this would go to Africa, buy à savage, and indoctrine of protection to Slavery in the Ter troduce him to the blessings of civilization ritories is a mere theory, a mere abstraction. / and Christianity. (Cheers and laughter.) (Applause.) Practically, it can be of no “Capt. Rynders, of N. Y.-You can get consequence to the South, for the reason one or two recruits from New York to join that the infant has been strangled before it with you. was born. (Laughter.) You have cut off “The President. The time of the gentlethe supply of slaves; you have crippled the man has expired. (Cries of “Go on! Go institution of Slavery in the States by your on !") unjust laws; and it is mere folly and mad "The President stated that, if it was the ness now to ask for protection for a nonen unanimous wish of the Convention, the gentity-for a thing which is not there. We | tleman could proceed. have no slaves to carry to these Territories. “Mr. Gaulden.—Now, fellow-Democrats, We can never make another Slave State with the slave-trade in Virginia forms a mighty our present supply of slaves. But, if we and powerful reason for its opposition to could, it would not be wise; for the reason the African slave-trade, and in this remark that, if you make another Slave State from I do not intend any disrespect to my friends your new Territories with the present supply from Virginia. Virginia, the Mother of of slaves, you will be obliged to give up States and of statesmen, the Mother of Presianother State-either Maryland, Delaware, dents, I apprehend may err as well as other or Virginia—to Free Soil upon the North. mortals. I am afraid that her error in this Now, I would deal with this question, fellow- | regard lies in the promptings of the almighty Democrats, as a practical one. When I can dollar. It has been my fortune to go into
FAILURE TO NOMINATE AT CHARLESTON.
that noble old State to buy a few darkies; | adopted, by a vote of 141 to 112, the and I have had to pay from $1,000 to mula mennin $2,000 a head, when I could go to Africa
rule requiring two-thirds of a full and buy betten negroes for $50 apiece. Convention to nominate. Candidates (Great laughter.) Now, unquestionably, it | were put in nomination, and, on the is to the interest of Virginia to break down the African slave-trade, when she can sell
first ballot, STEPHEN A. Douglas, her negroes at $2,000. She knows that the of Illinois, received 1451 votes ; RobAfrican slave-trade would break up her mo
ert M. T. Hunter, of Virginia, 42 nopoly, and hence her objection to it. If any of you Northern Democrats for I have
votes; James Guthrie, of Kentucky, more faith in you than I have in the carpet 35 votes ; Andrew Johnson, of Tenknight Democracy of the South-will go
nessee, 12; Daniel S. Dickinson, of home with me to my plantation in Georgia, but a little way from here, I will show you | New York, 7; Joseph Lane, of Oresome darkies that I bought in Maryland,
gon, 6; Isaac Toucey, of Connecticut, some that I bought in Virginia, some in Delaware, some in Florida, some in North
21; Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, Carolina ; and I will also show you the pure 13; Franklin Pierce, of New HampAfrican, the noblest Roman of them all. (Great laughter.) Now, fellow-Democrats,
shire, 1. On the next ballot, Mr. my feeble health and failing voice admonish Douglas had 147; and he continued me to bring the few remarks I have to make to gain slowly to the thirty-second, to a close. (Cries of “Go on, go on.") I am only sorry that I am not in a better con
when he received 1521 votes. He dition than I am to vindicate before you to fell off on the thirty-sixth to 1511, day the words of truth, of honesty, and of
which vote he continued to receive right, and to show you the gross inconsistencies of the South in this regard. I come
up to the fifty-seventh ballot, on from the First Congressional District of the which Guthrie received 653, HunState of Georgia. I represent the African
ter 16, Lane 14, Dickinson 4, and slave-trade interest of that section. (Applause.) I am proud of the position I oc Jefferson Davis 1. The Convention cupy in that respect. I believe that the (May 3d), on motion of Mr. Russell, African slave-trader is a true missionary, and a true Christian (applause); and I have
of Virginia, by a vote of 195 to 55, pleaded with my delegation from Georgia to adjourned, to reässemble at Baltiput this issue squarely to the Northern
more on Monday, the 18th of June; Democracy, and say to them, Are you prepared to go back to first principles, and take recommending to the Democratic off your unconstitutional restrictions, and party of the several States whose leave this question to be settled by each
delegations had withdrawn, to fill State ? Now, do this, fellow-citizens, and you will have peace in the country. But, so their places prior to that day. long as your Federal Legislature takes juris
The seceding delegates assembled diction of this question, so long will there be war, so long will there be ill-blood, so long
at St. Andrew's Hall–Senator Baywill there be strife, until this glorious Union ard, of Delaware, in the chair-and
adopted the platform reported to and night forever. I advocate the repeal of the laws prohibiting the African Slave-trade,
the Convention by Mr. Avery, as because I believe it to be the true Union aforesaid ; and, after four days' demovement. I do not believe that sections whose interests are so different as the South
liberations, adjourned to meet at ern and Northern States can ever stand the Richmond, Va., on the second Monshocks of fanaticism, unless they be equally day in June. The Wood delegates balanced. I believe that, by reöpening this trade, and giving us negroes to populate the
from New York attended this meetTerritories, the equilibrium of the two sec ing, but were not admitted as memtions will be maintained."
bers. The Convention now proceeded to The regular Convention rrässemballot for President, having first bled at the Front-street Theater in
Baltimore, pursuant to adjournment. / “Resolved unanimously, That Stephen A. Some days were spent in considering
Douglas, of the State of Illinois, having now
received two-thirds of all the votes given in the credentials of contesting dele this Convention, is hereby declared, in acgates from certain Southern States. cordance with the rules governing this body,
and in accordance with the uniform customs The decisions of the Convention
and rules of former Democratic National were such as to increase the strength Conventions, the regular nominee of the
Democratic party of the United States, for
the office of President of the United States.” concluded, Mr. Russell, of Virginia,
Hon. BENJAMIN FITZPATRICK, of Mr. Lander, of North Carolina, Mr.
Alabama, was now nominated for Ewing, of Tennessee, Mr. Johnson,
Vice-President, receiving 1984 votes of Maryland, Mr. Smith, of Califor- |
to 1 scattering. [He declined, two nia, Mr. Saulsbury, of Delaware, Mr.
days thereafter, and the National Caldwell, of Kentucky, and Mr. Clark
Committee substituted Hon. HERof Missouri, announced the with
SCHEL V. JOHNSON, of Georgia.] drawal of the whole, or of a part, of
Gov. Wickliffe, of Louisiana, now the delegations from their respective
offered the following resolve, as an States. Gen. Cushing resigned the chair of the Convention, which was
addition to the platform adopted at
Charleston : immediately taken by Gov. David
"Resolved, That it is in accordance with Tod, of Ohio (a Vice-President at the true interpretation of the Cincinnati Charleston), amid enthusiastic cheers. Platform, that, during the existence of the Gen. B. F. Butler, of Massachusetts, striction, whatever it may be imposed by the
Territorial Governments, the measure of reannounced the determination of a Federal Constitution on the power of the majority of the delegates from his
Territorial Legislatures over the subject of
the domestic relations, as the same has been, State not to participate further in its or shall hereafter be, finally determined by deliberations. He said:
the Supreme Court of the United States,
should be respected by all good citizens, and “We have not discussed the question, Mr. | enforced with promptness and fidelity by President, whether the action of the Con- every branch of the General Government.” vention, in excluding certain delegates, could be any reason for withdrawal. We now put
Mr. Payne, of Ohio, moved the our withdrawal before you, upon the simple previous question, and this was also ground, among others, that there has been
adopted, with but two dissenting a withdrawal in part of a majority of the States, and further (and that, perhaps, more
votes. personal to myself), upon the ground that I The Seceders' Convention, which will not sit in a Convention where the Afri
met, first at Richmond on the 11th can slave-trade-which is piracy by the laws of my country—is approvingly advocated. of June, adjourned thence to Balti(Great sensation.)”
more, and finally met at the MaryThe Convention now proceeded to land Institute on the 28th of June. vote for President; and, on the first Twenty-one States were fully or parballot, Mr. Douglas had 1731 ; Guth- tially represented. Hon. Caleb Cushrie 10, Breckinridge 5, and there were ing was chosen its President. Mr. 3 scattering. On the next ballot, Mr. Avery, of North Carolina, submitted Douglas had 1814, Breckinridge 71, his Charleston platform, which was Guthrie 51; whereupon, on motion unanimously adopted. It was reof Mr. Sanford E. Church, of New solved that the next Democratic NaYork, the following resolution was tional Convention should be held at adopted :