Lincoln “of small calibre”

December 6, 1861, writing to Oliver Johnson, with reference to the December 1 address by Lincoln, in which he omitted any reference to the slavery question.  “What a wishy-washy message from the President!  It is more and more evident that he is a man of very small calibre, and had better be at his old business of splitting rails than at the head of a government like ours, especially in such a crisis.  He has evidently not a drop of anti-slavery blood in his veins; and he seems incapable of uttering a humane or generous sentiment respecting the enslaved millions in our land….If there be not soon an ‘irrepressible conflict’ in the Republican  ranks, in regard to his course of policy, I shall almost despair of the country.” ( readinggarrisonsletters)

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