AD, DLC-RTL. The date of this manuscript is derived from the fact that Lincoln addressed the Colonization Society on January 4, 1855. He had been announced as speaker the year before, on January 12, 1854, but was prevented by illness in his family (Journal, January 14, 1854). Also, on August 30, 1853, he had spoken to the society. Although the outline might conceivably have been prepared for one of the earlier occasions, it seems in appearance to belong to the period of the Resolutions Recommending Amendment of the Kansas-Nebraska Act (infra). The date  assigned to the manuscript in the RTL collection cannot be supported. There is no published report of the meeting so far as can be determined.
 The fact that the outline appears in the RTL collection between draft one and draft two of the resolutions (infra), suggests that the purpose of the meeting may have been to adopt the resolutions and recommend their adoption by the General Assembly.