Lovejoy and Arnold in the Field — New Use of the Congressional Frank.
The Illinois abolition members of congress have entered the lists against the new constitution, and in a new shape. They have got up, at Washington, an edition of the lying pamphlet, first issued here, from the state house, which pretends to give a fair comparison between the state expenses under the present and proposed constitutions, and generally misrepresents the former. The bold misrepresentations of this pamphlet — its suppression in its statement of expenditures of the enormous fees now paid state officials, and to cut off which is one of the best features of the new constitution, have frequently been shown up, but the republican leaders, assuming that "a lie well stuck to is as good as the truth," are clinging to their original essay. Under Arnold's and Lovejoy's franks, the Washington edition is being scattered, through the mails, all over the state. A cheap way of disseminating falsehood, to the utterers thereof — the people paying the cost.
This is a new use of the congressional frank, and a novel mode of circulating electioneering papers, for the invention of which the people of Illinois probably are indebted to the Hon. Rev. Owen Lovejoy.
The new constitution guards against negro suffrage, negro office-holding, negro immigration to the state, and generally against negro equality, and Lovejoy and Arnold, at Washington, get up a congressional edition of the state house lying pamphlet, and frank them, at the people's expense, by thousands, through the state, that such a constitution may be defeated by the votes of white men.
Illinois abolitionism is driven to desperate shifts. It sees "the handwriting on the wall," and the Lovejoys and Arnolds, from their seats in congress, when they are not engaged in voting money to feed runaway negroes, and casting votes to tax the people to but negroes, are franking lying documents that their negro pets may not be prejudiced on the 17th June, by the votes of the white men of Illinois for the adoption of constitutional provision which will prevent a flood of negro immigration to the state, and which will, further, debar those who are now here from the privilege of voting and holding office.
The desperation of Illinois abolitionism has in nothing been more clearly demonstrated than in this congressional negro movement of Lovejoy and Arnold.
Look out for these negro documents from Lovejoy & Co.