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

Speech at Rockport, Indiana [1]

October 30, 1844

Mr. Lincoln, of Springfield, Ill., addressed a large and respectable audience at the court house on Wednesday evening last, upon the whig policy. His main argument was directed in pointing out the advantages of a Protective Tariff. He handled that subject in a manner that done honor to himself and the whig cause. Other subjects were investigated in a like manner. His speech was plain, argumentative and of an hour's duration.

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[1]   The (Rockport, Indiana) Herald, November 1, 1844. Following Lincoln's speech, according to The Herald, John Pitcher, a friend of Lincoln's boyhood, delivered a speech in which ``he exhibited the democratic policies in an unenviable light . . .'' Lincoln's trip to Indiana extended from October 24 through election day, November 4. Of several speeches made in Indiana, the one at Rockport is the only one for which a report has been found.