AFRICAN SLAVERY REGARDED FROM AS"
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TERRITORIAL ABSTRACTIONS IGNORED AS
NOW IMMATERIAL, AND A MORE
RADICAL ISSUE RAISED.
Address of the 2\(diornd Democratic Union Cluh of Ilarrlslurg,
to the JJcmocrarij of Pennsylvania.
The representatives of our party at Heading having selected a candidate
and adopted a series of resolutions expressive of their views, it is now time
that we, at the capital of the State, should inaugurate the campaign by a
declaration of our opinions upon the issues to be battled for. The can¬
didate chosen is unexceptionable, and the name of Henry D. Foster is every¬
where accepted, from the waters of Lake Erie to the Delaware, and from
the county of Wayne to that of Greene, as synonymous with the re-union
of the party, and the opening of the contest under the best possible lead¬
ership ; while the series of resolutions adopted by that Convention, so far
as they go, receive the endorsement of every Democrat in Pennsylvania.
But we desire, in the first of the addresses that duty calls us to issue to
the Democracy of Pennsylvania, to discuss the fundamental questions in
dispute between the Republican and Democratic parties; questions lying
deeper than touched upon by the Reading Convention. We hope that the
succeeding numbers of the series will cover the whole ground. We pro¬
pose to analyze and describe the position of the enemy, examining the ele¬
mental ideas which compose bis strength and ours ; and as in addressing
Democrats we take it for granted, that no argument is necessary to show
that the Republican party is rapidly drifting into the embrace of ultra-Abo¬
litionism, we shall proceed upon that assumption; for we have seen this
black cloud of Abolitionism starting some twenty-five years ago, no larger
than a man's hand, from behind the hills of New England, and spreading
until it has covered one-half of the land. To this influence we have seen
State after State succumb, until at this moment the Democratic party can
scarcely claim to have a majority in a single northern State.
Whence is this ? AVe discover the secret of it to consist in that vague
belief in the equality of all races of men, which lies at the basis of the
Republican party. This fundamental idea lias been enunciated at various
places by their great leaders, and although many of the party are ignorant
of the principle which vivifies and controls their action, we may yet un-
Printed by Lemuel Towers.