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

Speech at Olney, Illinois [1]

September 20, 1856

ABE LINCOLN tried his best to get up steam, but with all his tact in that line, it was a dead failure. But about thirty listened. Said he, ``I am an old one; if twelve of you will sit down and look at me, I will talk to you, if not, I will desist.'' The twelve sat down, he spoke a few minutes, and throwing up his hands in disgust and despair, said---``Oh, I can't interest this crowd,'' and left the stand.

Annotation

[1]   St. Louis, Missouri Republican, September 24, 1856. This brief comment occurs in a letter from an Olney correspondent (signed ``Q.'') describing a political meeting at which both Lincoln and Douglas, as well as other notables, spoke.