Autograph letter on letterhead stationery. William H. Seward Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester Library (micro 12:0020).
STATE OF OHIO, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Columbus, March 1 , 1858.1
I have directed my Secretary to say to Mr. Stuyvesant that, on his complying with the terms of the law as modified by the last General Assembly, he will be reappointments. Copies of a printed "information" necessary for his guidance as to the steps to be taken was also directed to be sent him.2
It gave me great pleasure to read your speech. It was worthy of yourself and of the occasion.3 It illustrates the nature of the intercommunication which makes us one people & interdicts disunion, that I read your speech here within forty eight hours after delivery in a paper printed more than two hundred miles from the place where you spoke. You and I have long labored together, though in somewhat different relations, for the same great cause of enfranchisement & progress. I shall distrust your devotion to it, when I distrust my own. Having this confidence in you, may I now say, that I regretted the apparent countenance you gave to the idea that the Douglas doctrine of Popular Sovereignty will do for us to stand upon for the present.4 The true doctrine of Popular Sovereignty I accept as cordially as any man but I cannot give my adhesion to that notion of it which sanctions the enslavement of man by his fellow man provided only that the majority agree to it or to any party based upon it. It seems to me that in the regular process of mental, moral & political development, working surely and irresistibly, a transition & transformation of parties, the Republican Organization has grown up, not so much by choice as by necessity. Our true policy & true wisdom is to adhere to it, &, instead of changing,