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his re-nomination and re-election, both of which are now almost as certain as that the Union Convention will assemble at Baltimore in June next, and that the election will be held in November. Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and California, have spoken, and, at the advent of the summer solstice, the other States will reecho the popular sentiments, as so emphatically expressed by their sister Commonwealths. He is no longer the representative of any particular political party, but comes before the loyal voters of the country as an indefatigable, incorruptible, public servant, whose multiform and perplexing duties have been faithfully performed, and who has no other ambition than to so administer the affairs of the nation as will be most conducive to its welfare. Throughout his Presidential career he has never failed to prove himself equal to any emergency that might occur. To use the words of a patriotic Philadelphian, even in the darkest hour of our struggle, when every thing seemed lost, and the feeling of despondency with regard to the future was so great that those who had been confident before lost all hope, he who was at the helm of Government-still maintained his self-command and a firm reliance in an overruling Providence, which, in due time, would order all things aright. Coolness, confidence, and courage, are only valuable when they are needed; and he who has passed through ordeals in which the possession of such qualities have been manifested, in no ordinary degree, obtains a hold on the confidence of the world which but few are fortunate enough to secure; men of extraordinary abilities, lacking these qualities, have, on great and trying occasions, too often demonstrated their incapacity for supreme command, like that which belongs to the head of a great government. Considerations such as these will
make the people loth to part with one who, in the hour of trial, has proved himself equal to the emergency.
As an evidence of the sentiment to which we have referred, we publish the following resolutions, unanimously adopted by the Union League of Philadelphia, on the eleventh of January, 1864:
"Whereas, The skill, courage, fidelity and integrity with which, in a period of unparalleled trial, ABRAHAM LINCOLN has conducted the administration of the National Government, have won for him the highest esteem and the most affectionate regard of his grateful countrymen;
"And whereas, The confidence which all loyal men repose in his honesty, his wisdom and his patriotism, should be proclaimed on every suitable occasion, in order that his hands may be strengthened for the important work he has yet to perform;
"And whereas, The Union League of Philadelphia, composed as it is, of those who, having formerly belonged to various parties, in this juncture recognize no party but their country; and representing, as it does, all the industrial, mechanical, manufacturing, commercial, financial, and professional interests of the city, is especially qualified to give, in this behalf, an unbiased and, authentic utterance to the public sentiment; therefore,
"Resolved, That to the prudence, sagacity, comprehension and perseverance of Mr. Lincoln, under the guidance of a benign Providence, the nation is more indebted for the grand results of the war, which southern rebels have wickedly waged against liberty and the Union, than to any other single instrumentality; and that he is justly entitled to whatever reward it is in the power of the nation to bestow.
"Resolved, That we cordially approve of the policy which Mr. Lincoln has adopted and pursued, as well the principles he has announced as the acts he has performed, and that we shall continue to give an earnest and energetic support to the doctrines and measures by which his administration has thus far been directed and illustrated.
'Resolved, That as Mr. Lincoln has had to endure the largest share of the labor required to suppress the rebellion, now rapidly verging to its close, he should also enjoy the largest share of the honors which await those who have contended for the right; and as, in all respects, he has shown pre-eminent ability in fulfilling the requirements of his great office, we recognize with pleasure the unmistakable indications of the popular will in all the loyal States, and heartily join with our fellowcitizens, without any distinction of party, here and elsewhere, in presenting him as the People's candidate for the Presidency at the approaching election.
"Resolved, That a Committee of Seventy-Six be appointed, whose duty it shall be to promote the object now proposed, by correspondence with other loyal organizations, by stimulating the expression of public onion, and by whatever additional modes shall, in their judgment, seem best adapted to the end; and that this Committee have power to supply vacancies in their own body and to increase their numbers at their own discretion.
"Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings, properly engrossed and attested, be forwarded to President Lincoln; and that they also be published in the loyal newspapers."
The loyal papers have also, almost without exception, raised the name of Abraham Lincoln at the head of their columns, and are preparing to do battle with his opponents. To insert in this work extracts from all the editorials which have recently appeared in the leading journals of the North and West, recommending the renomination and re-election of Mr. Lincoln is impossible, but from the large number we cull a few of the most ably written and forcible.
The Philadelphia Daily Evening Bulletin says: "The re-election of President Lincoln appears to be a foregone conclusion. That he will be nominated for a second term by the Republican party is as manifest as any thing that is yet to come to pass can be, and in the event of his renomination, there is nothing to prevent his election. Unless the States that seceded from the Union in 1860 and 1861 vote, the election in November, 1864, will be a matter of form, a mere recording of the will of the people already plainly expressed; and no statesman, unless he belongs to the ten-pin school of politicians, who are willing to be set up to be knocked down again, will consent to accept the nomination of a Democratic Convention. At the State elections which took place in 1863, when the great issue was the question of supporting the policy of President Lincoln, every free State, except New Jersey, went for the Union cause. When Mr. Lincoln himself, as well as his policy, will be before the country for judgment in November next, what reasonable man can doubt the result?
"As regards the voting of the South, that possible contingency involves the disbanding . the Tulon army, and the return to their homes of nearly half a million of voters, the greater portion of whom did not cast their suffrages in 1863, and very many of whom, from General Butler down to the privates in the ranks, went into the war pro-slavery Democrats, to come out of it earnest, slavery-hating Republicans. The recent return home of so many veteran soldiers has convinced even the most - skeptical that President Lincoln is the most popular man in the country with the army, and it is not difficult to understand what the effect will be of the permanent infusion among the voting people of the North of five hundred thousand patriotic soldiers who have had practical experience of the curse of slavery, and of the terrific social and political evils growing out of it, and who understand perfectly well that the present Democratic party have no platform to stand upon except that based upon sympathy with slavery and the slaveholders' rebellion, and persistent and wicked opposition to the war that has been conducted by the administration for the preservation of the Union and in defence of our nationality.
"Mr. Lincoln cannot fail to carry every State in 1864 that he carried in 1860, and by increased majorities too; while the probabilities are that he will carry other States. Mr. Lincoln received one hundred and eighty out of three hundred and three electoral votes, twenty-eight votes more than a majority of the whole. How this result can be changed, except to increase the majority of Mr. Lincoln at the next election, is, we confess, entirely beyond our comprehension."
The same paper in commenting upon the patriotic resolutions adopted by the New Hampshire Republican Union Convention, says: "This resolution, carried as it was amid every demonstration of the wildest enthusiasm, will
find an echo in the hearts of millions of loyal citizens, from the White Mountains to the Pacific. No President could have more ably managed the affairs of this mighty Republic, during so terrible a period, than has Abraham Lincoln. His mingled wisdom, moderation and firmness, his justice and yet kindness show him a statesman of the noblest character, and the admiration accorded him by his countrymen proves how thoroughly they appreciate such gifts in such a man. With Abraham Lincoln as the Union candidate in 1864, we can sweep the loyal States with even more triumphant success than in 1860."
The Chicago Tribune thus dilates upon the affection of the armies of the Union for the President, and the truth of its assertions can be substantiated in every military department:
"It is notorious that the army almost en masse desire the re-election of President Lincoln. Officers and men prefer him to any other candidate. They have faith in him; they believe him to be their warm friend, and that he does all for them in his power. They know him to be as true to the cause of liberty as Jefferson, and to national unity as Jackson. He has done well so far, and, like wine, grows better as he grows older.
"Soldiers like to be commanded by experienced officers. Lincoln has had three years experience; he begins to understand the details of his manifold duties. He has pretty well learned his trade, and has now become a skilful workman. The boys in blue don't want him thrown overboard right in the middle of the voyage when he is bringing the ship of state safely into port after having successfully piloted her through shoals, breakers, rocks, and hurriThey want him to remain where he is until he finishes his big job, and sees the last rebel lay down his arms and submit to the national authority. The feeling of the army is pretty well expressed by the remarks of a