Sangamo Journal, March 15, 1832. Nicolay and Hay state that this communication was distributed as a handbill. If so, no copies seem to have survived. Lincoln had been a resident of New Salem a little more than six months, and was to enlist in the Black Hawk War on April 21. Returning late in July, he had time to make a brief campaign before election day, August 6. He was defeated, running eighth in a field of thirteen candidates, but he received a heavy majority in New Salem precinct---277 of the 300 votes cast.
 On December 28, 1831; reported from Illinois Patriot (Jacksonville) in Sangamo Journal, January 5, 1832.
 Lincoln very probably is referring to a local issue, but no contemporary speeches on the subject have been located. However, it may be noted that the relationship between debtors and creditors was an issue of some contemporary importance, and that President Jackson's Message to Congress of December 30, 1831, had attacked the cruelty and avarice of creditors in general and had recommended the abolition of laws effecting imprisonment for debt. The latter part of Lincoln's paragraph on usury suggests sarcastic humor leveled at local circumstances which are now lost in obscurity.