The speech of this intelligent gentleman at Chicago was a success. A large and appreciative audience listened attentively to his sublime utterances without an attempt to disturb him. The following brief extract from a synopsis contained in the Tribune, gives Mr. Phillip’s present policy:
Now, therefore, my policy is, that before Fremont of Sigel cross the Potomac, they write upon their banners “Emancipation” – [Great applause] and that the Government declare also that if there be found a loyal man in the South who has loved the Union, even in the secrecy of his own heart – and I would shut my eyes to any extreme scrutiny of his politics – as we have been partners in his guilt we will be partners in his loss. We will save him as an abolitionist. If I had gone to him asking him to give up his slaves, or if the Government frees his slaves, I would say that the individual should suffer no loss. Now what would be the result of my policy? It would be this: the slave would love me; I have given him his liberty.
Abraham Lincoln said in Washington, the other day, “the Negro who as once touched the hem of the Government’s garment shall never again be a slave.” [long continued cheering]
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, April 2, 1862, p. 2