Why Mr. Lincoln should not be Re-Elected.
Hon. Reverdy Johnson is a man against whom no loyal, honest American dare utter one work of reproach. He has been faithful to the Union cause through every trial. Read again his eloquent words, in which are stated, calmly, and with all the force of masterly language, the reasons why Mr. Lincoln should not be re-elected.
"I have thus placed before you grounds enough for opposing Mr. Lincoln's re-election, and, adding one or two that I have thus far omitted to notice, let me briefly recapitulate them. In the loyal states, where the courts were open, and the administration of justice was unobstructed, he has imprisoned, or suffered to be imprisoned, thousand of citizens without explanation; detained them for months, refusing to bring them to trial before any tribunal, and then discharged them without redress. He has suffered his agents to suppress hundreds of newspapers in the same states, for no other imaginable reason than because they published articles denouncing his administration. In eighty-five instances it is ascertained that this was done by his own immediate order or subsequent approval. He has suffered churches to be closed, and their pastors to be arrested and imprisoned only because they did not pray specially for him. He has suffered to be issued and enforced, and in Kentucky and Maryland directly approved, orders under which the military grossly interfered with the freedom of elections. He has failed to restore to the Union a single state or a material part of any state that was in rebellion on his secession to power. He has constantly, to the incalculable injury of the country, appointed and kept in important commands officers who were grossly incompetent. He has interfered, with most calamitous results, with our military campaigns. He has suffered our commercial marine to be driven from the ocean. He has proscribed officers of admitted ability and perfect patriotism, because they were supposed to be friendly to McClellan and not to approve his policy or conduct. He has violated the constitution by his abolition proclamations, not withstanding his solemn promise to the contrary. He has violated it by his amnesty proclamation, and by his refusing his assent to a law passed by the last congress to guard against consequences which his friends correctly thought to be most perilous as well as illegal. He has failed to protect the loyal states, and by such failure subjected them at three several periods to the most destructive invasions. He has suffered the capital itself to be placed at three different periods in the greatest peril. He has, by his policy and conduct, so injured us in the estimation of France, that Napoleon has seized into his hands unquestioned the destinies of a neighboring republic, and placed on a throne of his own creation, a monarch belonging to the most desperate family of Europe, and in this he has abandoned the uniform settled policy of his predecessors. In palpable violation of law and the recorded opinions of Washington, Jefferson, Clay and every attorney general to whom the question was submitted, and to the great danger of every foreigner amongst us, whether naturalized or not, without trial or giving an opportunity for trial, in the case of Arguelles, on the request of a Spanish subordinate, he has delivered him to the tender mercies of that official. He has caused the currency of the country to become in a great measure valueless, and what is, if possible, still worse than all, where there was division in the south he has produced unanimity, and where there was unanimity in the north he has produced division. And lastly, he is seeking a re-election by the most unscrupulous and unexampled abuse of patronage and power."