Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Annotation

[1]   AD, DLC-RTL. This manuscript comprising pages 1893-1915 in the Lincoln Papers, under date of September 16, 1859, caused Nicolay and Hay some trouble. In the Complete Works, V, 260-81, it is dated December 1-5, 1859, and given the title ``Speeches in Kansas.'' In a footnote Nicolay and Hay explain that ``Mr. Lincoln made a visit to Kansas in December, 1859, and made speeches at Elwood, . . . Troy, Doniphan, Atchison, and Leavenworth, Kansas. Among his papers were a number of disconnected sheets of autograph manuscript, which contained internal evidence that they were portions of the addresses made by him on these occasions.'' Newspaper reports of the speeches made in December (vide infra) hardly corroborate the use of these notes at the times indicated, and the speeches made in Ohio in September, on the other hand, do make use of portions of the argument which Nicolay and Hay were correct in identifying as having been prepared for use in Kansas. The obvious solution seems to be that Lincoln prepared a manuscript in February or March, 1859, when he contemplated accepting the invitations extended by Kansas Republicans to speak before their state convention (see letters to Delahay, February 1, March 4, and May 14, supra), and finding it impossible to make the trip, preserved the manuscript until September, when he incorporated a few paragraphs in the notes prepared for his speeches at Columbus, September 16, Dayton and Cincinnati, September 17. Upon going to Kansas in December and having used up his earlier Kansas material in Ohio, he prepared new speeches on somewhat different topics for delivery at the places designated (vide infra). The several portions of the manuscript have been identified in footnotes, according to the opinion of the editors. The first portion represents notes for the speech at Columbus, September 16.

[2]   This portion of the manuscript, bearing Lincoln's numbering ``2-1, 2-2, 2-3,'' etc., seems to have been incorporated from an earlier manuscript, probably prepared in February or March, 1859, for the Kansas state Republican convention, and used in part at Chicago, March 1, and Cincinnati, September 17.

[3]   Beginning here, the manuscript is in pencil, the rest of the page having been cut off and another page pasted on the preceding.

[4]   The end of section ``2.'' The next portion bears Lincoln's numbering ``3-1, 3-2,'' etc., and was used, together with the remainder of the manuscript at Chicago, March 1, and again at Cincinnati. Although the phraseology is not identical, the several topics may be readily found in the Chicago and Cincinnati speeches.

[5]   The end of section ``3''. The next portion is unnumbered and is written in pencil.

[6]   Manuscript torn; restorations taken from the Complete Works.

[7]   Restoration taken from the Complete Works.

[8]   Representatives John B. Haskin of New York, John Hickman of Pennsylvania, and John G. Davis of Indiana, anti-Lecompton Democrats.

[9]   The last portion of the manuscript begins here. In addition to the draft of this portion which furnishes the text (pp. 1913-15 in the Lincoln Papers), there is a first draft of this portion (pp. 1894-95) with numerous revisions, which in common with section ``2'' seems to be part of the earlier manuscript prepared in February or March for use in Kansas, and here revised for use at Cincinnati.