AD, DLC-RTL. Probably written in October prior to the election on November 2, this fragment bears the date given it in the Complete Works. Lincoln may have written the opinion as a guide for the editors of the Illinois State Journal. On November 1, the Journal carried an extended editorial ``To the Judges and Clerks of Election,'' in which the references to Norman H. Purple's Statutes (1856) cited by Lincoln are quoted at length.
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