Shall we not have the advantage of his wisdom and honesty, nevertheless? Can we not count upon some independent votes? Are there not many individuals in the country who do not attend conventions? But no: I find that the respectable man, so called, has immediately drifted from his position, and despairs of his country, when his country has more reason to despair of him. He forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected as the only available one, thus proving that he is himself available for any purposes of the demagogue.
Is "no" the answer to the former question?
-Can we not count upon some independent votes? (Is it equal to "Can't we count upon... "?)
-No, we can't.
Does there exist the construction "immediately...when..."?
Does his country first "despair of him" then he "drifted from his position" or the reverse?
I'm not clear which happened first because there's "has more reason" in the clause. Do we first have "He forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected" then "his country has more reason to despair" then "he despairs"
"He despairs of the country"(the country already despairs of him) and "forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected" first and "his country has more reason to despair" then, and there's no construction of "immediately...when"?