Elwood Free Press, December 3, 1859. Although the Free Press reported Lincoln's arrival and speech at Elwood ``on Thursday,'' December 1, there has been considerable question of the date. Fred W. Brinkerhoff (``The Kansas Tour of Lincoln the Candidate,'' Kansas Historical Quarterly, XIII, 294-307) critically examines contemporary sources and arrives at the conclusion that Lincoln spoke at Elwood on the night of November 30, at Troy in the afternoon and at Doniphan on the night of December 1. If Lincoln spoke at all three places on December 1, his schedule of travel seems all but impossible.
 October 16-18, 1859. This is apparently Lincoln's first reference to John Brown, whose execution scheduled for December 2, 1859, undoubtedly placed him in the forefront of conversational topics among his former friends and enemies in Kansas.
 Henry A. Wise of Virginia.