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

Annotation

[1]   Sangamo Journal, January 28, 1837, reprinted from Vandalia Free Press.

[2]   Usher F. Linder (Democrat), who had offered a series of resolutions to institute an inquiry into the management of the State Bank, was elected attorney general soon after this speech. He remained in politics for many years, becoming a Whig in 1838 but returning to the Democratic fold when, as he said, ``the Whigs were merged with the Abolitionists.''

[3]   James Shields (Democrat), who during his term as state auditor challenged Lincoln to a duel in September, 1842. Shields' long political career included practically every state office; he was also elected a United States senator from Illinois (1849), Minnesota (1858), and Missouri (1879).

[4]   Theophilus W. Smith (Democrat), who wrote the bank's original charter.

[5]   Samuel Wiggins was a Cincinnati financier, with whom a loan was negotiated in 1831.

[6]   A superfluous ``not,'' evidently a printer's error in the Journal text, has been deleted at the end of this sentence.

[7]   The Seventh General Assembly authorized the borrowing of $100,000 to redeem the outstanding circulation of the old State Bank, which fell due the next year.