Excerpt from Organization of Minnesota Territory: From the "Annals" Of 1851
In the first place, I assert as a proposition which cannot be contradicted, that your Delegate would not have been ad mitted to a seat if he had appeared there as elected by a party, and that his defeat would have involved the failure of the Minnesota bill, and necessarily of other important projects which were committed solely to his care. I do not make this declaration in any self-gratulation or conceit. There are others among you, who, with the same advan tages and the same means, would have performed as much as I have done. But I refer to the fact to illustrate the wisdom of your determination to draw no party lines at the late election. Chosen by the people without regard to the distinctions of Whig or Democrat, my course here has been shaped in exact accordance with that determination. My rule was to keep my ears Open and my mouth shut, whenever questions were discussed of a party character, or other mat. Ters not appertaining in any way to my own region of country.
You are all aware that I appeared before the people as a candidate opposed to drawing party lines. I believed then, and I believe now, that no such distinctions should be made in a Territory, the Delegate of which has no vote, and whose policy is to make himself popular with all parties. When the time comes, be it sooner or later, that we shall have a population sufficient to justify us in looking forward to our admission into the Union at an early day, then, in my view, will be the proper period to mould the political complexion ofthe State. My own opinions on points of national policy, are as distinct and well-defined as those of any other man.
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