AD, DLC-RTL. This two-page document has been given the date [1856?] in the Lincoln Papers, probably by Nicolay and Hay. The content indicates that composition antedated the Dred Scott decision, and also that Lincoln was exploring the position taken by Douglas and his followers at the time when the Supreme Court was known to be actively considering the case---December, 1856-March, 1857.
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