27 MARCH 1909, Page 18


[To THE EDITOH.OF THE "SPEOTO-T0101 But,—Though your paragraph in answer to the letter of Mr. W. H. Alger in the issue of February .20th is an answer at once adequate and brief to his statement that Lincoln Wali " callous " on the topic of slavery, will it be of interest to your readers to realise that even before the debates with "Little Giant" Douglas (1858), Lincoln had at least twice, and publicly, placed himself unqualifiedly upon the records as opposed to the institution ? During his eight years (1834-42) as member of the Illinois State Assembly he pronounced slavery "as based both on injustice and bad policy," while during the very brief term of his initial life in Washington (as a Representative from Illinois to the House of Repre- sentatives) Ile voted against its extension into the areas of territories then demanding statehood. ' If, in the later and far more crucial years, with the very existence of the Union at stake, be seemed to subordinate all else to the preservation of the nation as "one and indivisible," he yet had too unmistakably declared himself as to slavery to allow of just questioning as to his stand concerning it.—I am, Sir, &o.,


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