Coming to the Truth.
Thursday, September 2, 1858.
Our readers are already apprised that Horace Greeley, in a speech in Ulster, N.Y., repudiated the doctrine of no more slave States as impracticable and unfair. It is true that Mr. Greeley, for thus repudiating the principal plank of the Black Republican platform, has been severely criticised by many Black Republican papers; but that makes no difference with the Tribune philosopher; he sees that the Democracy are bound to triumph over his party so long as they stand to the principles they have advocated for the last three years – and he has determined not to stand to them any longer. This is an exceeding mortification to Lincoln and his abolition friends in Illinois, who had hoped that the Black Republican party organization would hold together until after the November election; after that, they don't care a straw what shall become of it.
There is evidence that the people are changing in New York – that they are coming to the truth. The Republicans, at the Ulster convention before mentioned, were not too bigoted and mean to acknowledge that the Kansas-Nebraska bill was not such an infamous deed after all. In the series of resolutions passed at the convention – the orthodoxy of which was established by the presence of Mr. Greeley – is the following:
Resolved, That the law of Congress, known as the Kansas-Nebraska act, while it repealed the Missouri compromise, did not establish or legalize slavery in Kansas.
Senator Douglas has made that declaration for the last four years, in every part of the Union, to all sorts of people, and in every town in Illinois. The true intent of that bill was not to legislate slavery into Kansas of out of it; but to leave the people of that territory perfectly free to regulate that, and all other matters suitable for local legislation, for themselves, in their own way.
But now that we have the New York Tribune and the Republicans of that State – who declare that the Kansas-Nebraska bill did not legalize slavery in Kansas – at loggerheads with Lincoln and the Black Republican party of Illinois – who insist that the Kansas-Nebraska bill did legalise slavery in Kansas, and that Mr. Douglas was and is false to liberty – we shall watch the controversy with interest; and the result of it shall be duly chronicled, in the meantime, Illinois will return Mr. Douglas triumphantly to the Senate. – Chicago Times.