Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  334

Speech at Sugar Creek, Illinois [1]

March 1, 1844

.... The poor ignorant people were enlightened by speeches (if they were worthy of the name) from Messrs Lincoln, Baker, Henry and McNeil. [2] Mr. Lincoln made some large statements, but I suppose they were true, for he had the document with him. He attempted to make the farmer believe that the high pressure tariff made every thing they bought cheaper, but said also he could not tell the reason, but that it was so, and I suppose that is enough for the huge farmer to know. Now, the little boys who Mr. Lincoln enlightened as to what the tariff was, could have told him better than to make such a statement. He then proceeded along very calmly, until Mr. Baker handed him a State Register, containing some extracts from the papers of Alex. Hamilton; then he rolled his eyes and shook his head, as if he had seen an Irishman.

Annotation

[1]   Illinois State Register, March 15, 1844. This only available report of the speech occurs in a letter to the editor.

[2]   Edward D. Baker, John Henry of Morgan County, and Francis A. McNeill of Sangamon County.