Truth Fitly Spoken.
Thursday, September 30, 1858.
The Hon. MURRAY MCCONNELL, in reply to a letter inviting him to address the democracy of Morgan county, in this State, after discussion the questions involved in the present contest, gives utterance to the following, which we commend to such democrats as have signified their intention to support men opposed to the regularly nominated candidates of the democratic party. Mr. McConnell, says:
"The question now to be considered by all Democrats in Illinois is one of easy solution. Is Judge Douglas a Democrat? Does he now stand upon the Cincinnati Platform? If he is elected, will he sustain the principles of the Democratic party? No sane man, that knows Mr. Douglas' history, can doubt one moment upon this subject. I have known him from his early youth. Every since he was a man he has been engaged in politics, and he has always been a Democrat in principle, and I defy any man to mention an act or a vote of his in politics that has not been Democratic, except the act of proposing to extend the Missouri compromise to the Pacific, which cannot be justified under the principles of the constitution any more than the original measure can be justified. But that act has been fully explained by Mr. Douglas, and clearly understood by the country.
I respectfully put the question to my Democratic friends in Illinois who are opposed to Douglas (if any such there be) because of the course he took in the Lecompton controversy, what are you to gain as Democrats by this opposition? It is now reduced to a certainty that if Mr. Douglas is beaten at all it must be by Mr. Lincoln, and are you in favor of him? You answer "no, but we have a hope to elect enough anti-Douglas Democrats to the Legislature to hold the balance of power between Douglas and Lincoln, and perhaps succeed in electing some other Democrat." If you could do this you would stand in the position of bolting a regular Democratic nomination, and your influence, and the influence of the man you might elect, would be gone forever hereafter with the Democratic party. But you can do no such thing. Thee wisest man among you cannot name a representative or a senatorial district in Illinois that you can carry – no, not one. Yet there are districts where you may run your candidates and divide the Democratic party, and elect an abolitionist by a plurality vote; and if you beat Douglas at all, that is the way you will do it. If you are men of ordinary observation, you cannot now fail to see that this is the case, and if, seeing this, as you surely do, you have examined the question, you still persist in your course, then better do as your illustrious predecessors, the anti-Nebraska Democrats, have done before you, go at once out of the Democratic party, and away over to the abolitionists, for there you will land sooner or later, although this I have no doubt, is far from your present intention.