Lincoln Stands on the Old Whig Platform.

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September 6, 1858.

The following are Douglas' Questions and Lincoln's Answers at Freeport:
Question 1. "I desire to know whether Lincoln to-day stands, as he did in 1854, in favor of the unconditional repeal of the fugitive slave law!"

Answer. I do not now, nor ever did stand in favor of the unconditional repeal of the fugitive slave law.

Q 2. "I desire him to answer whether he stands pledged to-day, as he did in 1854, against the admission of any more slave States into the Union, even if the people want them?"

A. I do not now, nor ever did, stand pledged against the admission of any more slave States into the Union.

Q. 3. " I want to know whether he stands pledged against the admission of a new State into the Union, with such a Constitution as the people of that State may see fit to make."

A. I do not stand pledged against the admission of a new State into the Union, with such a Constitution as the people of that State may see fit to make."

Q. 4. "I want to know whether he stands to-day pledged to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia?"

A. I do not stand to-day pledged to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.

Q. 5. "I desire him to answer whether he stands pledged to the prohibition of the slave trade between the different states?"

A. I do not stand pledged to the prohibition of the slave trade between the different States.

Q. 6. "I desire to know whether he stands pledged to prohibit slavery in all the Territories of the United States, North as well as South of the Missouri Compromise, line."

A. I am impliedly, if not expressly, pledged to a belief in the right and duty of Congress to prohibit slavery in all the United States Territories.

Q.7. "I desire him to answer whether he is opposed to the acquisition of any new Territory unless slavery is first prohibited therein."

A. I am not generally opposed to honest acquisition of territory; and, in any given case. I would, or would not, oppose such acquisition, accordingly as I might think such acquisition would or would not agitate the slavery question among ourselves.

Mr. Lincoln stands on the Old Whig Platform, with Clay and Webster.