Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Henry E. Dummer [1]

Friend Dummer Springfield, Aug: 5. 1858

Yours, not dated, just received. No accident preventing, I shall be at Beardstown on the 12th. I thank you for the contents of your letter generally. I have not time now to notice the various points you suggest; but I will say I do not understand the Republican party to be committed to the proposition ``No more slave States.'' I think they are not so committed. Most certainly they prefer there should be no more; but I know there are many of them who think we are under obligation to admit slave states from Texas, if such shall be presented for admission; [2] but I think the party as such is not committed either way. Your friend as ever A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   The resolution of annexation by which Texas was admitted to the United States provided that new states in addition to Texas not exceeding four might be formed out of the territory with the consent of Texas.

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