Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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J. F. Alexander, Esq Springfield,
Greenville, Ills. May 15. 1858

My dear Sir I reached home a week ago and found yours of the 1st. inviting me to name a time to meet and address a political meeting in Bond county. It is too early, considering that when I once begin making political speeches I shall have no respite till November. The labor of that I might endure, but I really can not spare the time from my business.

Nearer the time I will try to meet the people of Bond, if they desire.

I will only say now that, as I understand, there remains all the difference there ever was between Judge Douglas & the Republicans---they insisting that Congress shall, and he insisting that congress shall not, keep slavery out of the Teritories before & up to the time they form State constitutions. No republican has ever contended that, when a constitution is to be formed, any but the people of the teritory shall form it. Republican's have never contended that congress should dictate a constitution to any state or teritory; but they have contended that the people should be perfectly free to form their constitution in their own way---as perfectly free from the presence of slavery amongst them, as from every other improper influence.

In voting together in opposition to a constitution being forced upon the people of Kansas, neither Judge Douglas nor the Republicans,Page  447 has conceded anything which was ever in dispute between them. Yours very truly

A. LINCOLN

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