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


[1]   Illinois State Journal, October 7, 1859. On October 6 the Journal announced that Lincoln had corrected his Cincinnati speech and that it would appear the next day. Presumably Lincoln used the text of the Cincinnati Gazette, September 19, 1859, since the Journal follows the Gazette closely except for the extensive revisions. There are, however, a number of errors of omission in the Journal which have been corrected with reference to the Gazette, and all typographical errors have been corrected by the editors. Brackets are in the source unless otherwise noted.

[2]   This passage was considerably revised by Lincoln, and an ``as'' became lost in the process.

[3]   Representative John Hickman.

[4]   Another passage considerably revised by Lincoln which seems to have lost a phrase.

[5]   Roger A. Pryor was editor of the Richmond Enquirer.

[6]   Governor Henry A. Wise.

[7]   John C. Breckinridge.

[8]   Omissions supplied from the Gazette.

[9]   This strange omission seems all the more unaccountable when an apparently identical fragment of autograph manuscript fits precisely into the niche in the newspaper report (see Fragment on Free Labor, infra). That Lincoln had a prepared manuscript at Cincinnati is not probable, but it is possible that the omitted paragraphs on free labor were among the notes for the Cincinnati speech (supra, September 16, 17). The fact that such an important passage was omitted by the reporter becomes all the more mysterious when it is considered that Lincoln made no effort to supply the omission when making his extensive revision and correction for the Journal.

[10]   Omission supplied from the Gazette.