Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
August 6, 1856

We shall not undertake to tell what he said to the people, but we do not hesitate to say that his arguments on the leading issue between the parties were unanswerable; and we wish every man in the State could hear the same. He showed very clearly that so far as parties have become sectional, the fault is not with those who are advocating the principles of the founders of the Government---not with the Republican party, who are opposing those waging war against those principles---but that the blame must fall upon those who have resolved to jeopard the Union for the extension of an institution which the Statesmen of the Revolution thought an evil in the country, and hoped would ultimately be altogether eradicated from the land.