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.