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.
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