Beauties of Black Republicanism — Lincoln's Friends Indorse Fred Douglas and Negro Equality.
September 3, 1858.
Fred Douglas, the negro abolitionist orator, in a recent speech at Poughkeepsie, New York, recognized Lincoln's Springfield platform as the quintessence of ultra abolition doctrine, and gave the same his warm and cordial approval. — First, Fred Douglas has indorsed Lincoln and his "house divided" platform, and now the friends of Mr. Lincoln have openly indorsed Fred Douglas and negro equality. To prove to the old line whigs of Morgan that this is true, we quote the following extract from the discussion between Douglas and Lincoln at Freeport on Friday last. It will be seen that the republicans stood up openly for Fred Douglas and negro equality. If the dose is not sufficient to gag any man who is not a bred-in-the-bone abolitionist, we freely give him over to the kind care of Fred Douglas and Lincoln. The extract is as follows:
I trust now that Mr. Lincoln will deem himself answered on his four points. He racked his brain so much in devising these four questions that he exhausted himself, and had not strength enough to invent the others. (Laughter.) As soon as he is able to hold a council with his advisers, Lovejoy, Farnsworth, and Fred Douglas; he will frame and propound others. (Good good,) &c. Renewed laughter, in which Mr. Lincoln feebly joined, saying that he hoped with their aid to get seven questions, the number asked him by Judge Douglas, and so make conclusions even.) You Black Republicans who say good, I have no doubt think that they are all good men. (White, white.) I have reason, to recollect that some people in this country think that Fred Douglas is a very good man. The last time I came here to make a speech, while talking from the stand to you, people of Freeport as I am doing to-day, I saw a carriage and a magnificent one it was, drive up and take a position on the outside of the crowd, a beautiful young lady was sitting on the box seat, whilst Fred. Douglas and her mother reclined inside, and the owner of the carriage acted as driver. (Laughter, cheers, cries of right, what have you to say against it, &c) — I saw this in you own town. ("What of it.") All I have to say of it is this, that if you, Black Republicans, think that the negro ought to be on social equality with your wives, and daughters, and ride in a carriage with your wife whilst you drive the team, you have perfect right to do so. (Good, good, and cheers, mingled with hooting and cries of white, white.) I am told that one of Fred Douglas' kinsmen, another rich black negro, is now traveling in this part of the State making speeches for his friend Lincoln as the champion of black men, ("White men, white men," and what have you got to say against it." That's right, &c). All I have to say on that subject is that those of you who believe that the negro is your equal and ought to be on an equality with you socially, politically and legally, have a right to entertain those opinions and of course will vote for Mr. Lincoln. ("Down with the negro," no, no, &c.)"