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

Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois [1]

May 18, 1858

The speeches of Hon. A. LINCOLN, Hon. JOHN M. PALMER, Col. DELAHAY [2] and Hon. J. GILLESPIE were both able and eloquent, and listened to with an attention seldom witnessed. The present position and prospects of the Republican party were truthfully set forth, and although no two of the speakers perfectly agreed upon the details of political action, all were unanimous in declaring their opposition to the fraudulent attempts of the administration and the slave power to force institutions upon a free people against their consent.

Page  448For revised date sec Don Fehrenbzcher Prelude to Greatness pp 89-90.

Annotation

[1]   Alton Weekly Courier, May 20, 1858. Lincoln spoke at a Madison County Republican meeting.

[2]   Mark W. Delahay.