Hillard on Third Parties

In 1849. Mr. Hillard, in a speech in the Whig Convention, (which, by the way, Resolved, That we go for the abolition and exclusion of slavery wherever Congress has jurisdiction,  gave utterance to the following sentiments with regard to third parties. They are as true now as then:

‘In our country, there could be but two great parties — one,that of progress, and the other, that of repose. Any third party which may arise is placed in a dangerous position, from the tendency which would continue to accompany it to barter its votes and influence to either one or the other of the two prominent parties, and at last blandly yield itself to their proposals, and be absorbed by them’.

(Liberator, November 9, 1860, pg 3)