Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.


[1]   Illinois Journal, January 12, 1852. Lincoln spoke to the meeting on the 8th in favor of sympathy but non-intervention. Following considerable debate, a committee composed of Lincoln, Samuel S. Marshall, Ebenezer Peck, Lyman Trumbull, Archibald Williams, William I. Ferguson, and Anson G. Henry, was appointed to report resolutions the following evening, and the meeting adjourned. Lincoln reported the resolutions the next evening. Interventionists objected to the resolutions and added the following amendments, which were also adopted:

``Resolved, That it is the duty of the United States not to do any act, or lay down any principle in regard to non-intervention, that shall prevent this Nation at any time, from interfering in favor of any people who may be struggling for liberty in any part of the world, when a proper occasion shall arrive.

``Resolved, That the people of Ireland are as much entitled to the sympathies of the people of the United States, as the people of Hungary; and we here cordially tender to the people of Ireland, and to all other oppressed people who are struggling for liberty, the sincere sympathies of this meeting.''

A further resolution was adopted instructing the officers to have the resolutions published and copies sent to Louis Kossuth and to each Illinois member of Congress.