[2]   Beginning of the second page as numbered by Lincoln. The continuity is tenuous, however, and the assumption that the unnumbered page printed preceding this one is the first page of one set of notes may not be justified. The contents of page two, however, reflect a similar retrospective view of the formation of the Republican party for its first major campaign in 1856, and each page is written on the same kind of paper. For these reasons the fragments have been linked as they are printed here for the first time.

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