AD, ORB. Lincoln delivered a speech of some length, but only this two-page manuscript is extant. The Illinois State Journal (November 1, 1858) commented on the speech as follows: ``We have neither time nor room to give even a sketchPage 335
of his remarks to-day. Suffice it to say, the speech was one of his very best efforts, distinguished for its clearness and force, and for the satisfactory manner in which he exposed the roorbacks and misrepresentations of the enemy. The conclusion of this speech was one of the most eloquent appeals ever addressed to the American people. It was received with spontaneous bursts of enthusiasm unequalled by any thing ever before enacted in this city.'' From this account it may be inferred that the fragment is the conclusion of the speech, perhaps the only portion which Lincoln committed to paper.
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