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

Annotation

[1]   ALS, CSmH.

[2]   James Buchanan had been nominated at Cincinnati following Douglas' withdrawal on the night of June 5.

[3]   Justice John McLean had come recently into sharp political focus with the unauthorized announcement in the press of his avowed intention to dissent in the event the Supreme Court decided against Dred Scott, and with publication of his letter of May 13 to Lewis Cass, in which he stated ``I never doubted that Congress had this power [to prohibit slavery in a territory], and I could never have expressed doubt on the subject.''

[4]   James W. Singleton.

[5]   James L. D. Morrison.

[6]   Charles H. Constable.

[7]   Salmon P. Chase, Nathaniel P. Banks, William H. Seward, and Francis P. Blair were not really available. Both Blair and Banks were promoting John C. Fremont, Seward was not interested, and Chase was too radical.