The Great Point Decided &151; The Abolition Proclamation Condemned.
The Pike County Democrat says:
We have lying before us a document, signed by no less than seventeen leading republicans of this state & among whom is Wm. Butler & addressed "to the voters of Illinois." This circular was sent to the western portion of the county just before the election. The following is an extract:
"Republicans! we conjure you to stand by your own ticket everywhere. If you do so you cannot be defeated. Every man on your ticket, state and county, legislative and congressional, is pledged to the president's proclamation, which has been given to you to endorse and triumphantly sustain at the ballot box."
This circular, in which these seventeen leading republicans throw off their flimsy "no-party" disguise, was circulated throughout the state. Every man named on the bogus "Union" tickets, in all the counties of the state, it is here avowed by these leaders, was a party abolitionist & pledged to the support of the president's proclamation for the abolition of slavery, and the "voters of Illinois" were appealed to, to come up to the support of the president and his proclamation, given to the people "to indorse."
Thus, though their leaders, including their candidate for treasurer, a popular verdict was specially sought on the abolition proclamation. Voters were assured, that all the so-called "Union" candidates, whatever might be their professions, were sound on the abolition proclamation & "every man" of them. The verdict is rendered, and, by an overwhelming majority, the "voters of Illinois" tell Mr. Lincoln and his home "leaders" that they do not indorse, but condemn, his unconstitutional, revolutionary cause & that they repudiate himself and his party's policy & that they have no confidence in the one and abhor the other. Will he heed their voice and turn back & withdraw the proclamation which, an immense majority of the people of the loyal states vote to be not only unconstitutional, but unwise, impolitic, and fruitful only of ruin to the country's best interests? Will Mr. Lincoln heed? His party lieutenants in Illinois have asked a popular verdict, and have got it, in terms not to be misunderstood.