-- Dilemmas of Compromise --


Albany Evening Journal, December 19, 1860
Wednesday Evening

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It is susceptible of proof, that Senator Seward aided in preparing the leader of last evening's Journal [December 17, 1860].
Albany Evening Standard

There is not the shadow of foundation for this statement. The following paragraph was originally appended to the article referred to, but, to avoid seeming ostentation, was omitted:

"To avoid possible misconstruction, it may be proper to say, that the Senior Editor of the Journal, consulting his own sense of duty and right, speaks for himself only."

Telegraph reports having assumed Mr. Seward's acquiescence in the article, the Auburn Advertiser of Tuesday evening publishes the following paragraph:

Senator Seward arrived at home last night, under some alarm concerning the illness of his son, who, was are happy to say, is thought much better and of [stet] out danger today. Mr. Seward, in conversation, freely repudiates the telegraph and newspaper assumptions of his authority for, or concurrence in, the Albany Journal's article of yesterday. He says he wonders how long it will take the newspapers to learn that when he desires to be heard he is in the habit of speaking in his proper place, for himself.

The writer of this paragraph (one of the Editors of the Journal) deems it to be his duty to say, that he can neither advocate nor acquiesce in any Compromise which involves the surrender of Free Territory to Slavery. The same vote which elected Mr. Lincoln affirmed the inviolability of Free Soil. It would be no more unreasonable, therefore, for the South, to demand Mr. Lincoln's unconditional abdication on the 4th of March, than that Republicans shall sanction the extension of Slavery.