September 24, 1858.
The following appeared in the Jacksonville Sentinel, a mulatto democratic and Douglas paper;
Our education has been such; that we have been rather in favor of the equality of the blacks, that is, they should enjoy all the privileges of the whites where they reside. — Morgan Journal.
The paragraph above quoted, did, as the Journal says, appear in the Sentinel, but the Journal has forgot to add that it was copied from the Chicago Journal, a mulatto Lincoln paper, in which it first appeared as editorial, and to which paper it was credited in our columns. In the act of thus attempting to lower the democratic party, by fraudulently imputing to a democratic sheet the sentiments of its black republican brethren, the Journal has unwittingly perpetrated a cutting sarcasm upon its own party and principles. The paragraph from the Chicago Journal is in strict harmony with Lincoln's doctrine that the Dred Scott decision should be reversed, in order that negroes and mulattoes may claim and exercise the right as citizens of the United States, to vote in all the States.
The Journal of the week before last takes open grounds in favor of Lincoln's doctrine of negro equality. A writer in its columns takes immense umbrage at the declaration of Mr. Douglas at this place, that the negro was the inferior of the white man; that "he was no kin to him nor any other white man." This ingenous advocate of Lincoln's negro equality platform attempts to prove that the negro is the equal of the white man, by going beyond the Declaration of Independence back to Adam. And he charges Mr. Douglas, and all other white men who believe the negro is not their equal, with infidelity. We invite the attention of the voters of Morgan county, and especially those old line whigs, whose votes have recently been bargained off to the republicans, to this attempt of the organ of Mr. Lincoln at this place, to fasten the charge of infidelity upon all white men who will not acknowledge that the negro is their equal This has been boldly avowed in the columns of the Journals, and we trust the distinguished black republican orators of Morgan, from J. W. Strong down to Barber Lewis and Dr. Edgar, will be equally honest in sustaining Lincoln's platform at the schoolhouses throughout the county. The Journal has taken "the bull by the horns;" why should not their speakers do likewise? — In fact we learn that one of their most influential and able speakers has already followed up this honest avowal of the sentiments of the republican party by the Journal; by declaring in a speech before the Lincoln club a few evening since, that a certain colored barber of this place, in all the attributes that constitute the man, was the superior of Judge Douglas. Oh, they don't advocate negro equality, not them!