The North American Review, July, 1893, pp. 120-24. Although taken down in shorthand by Robert Hitt, reporter for the Chicago Press and Tribune, this speech was not printed until 1893. Hitt's prefatory note in The North American Review relates that in 1860 he read the speech to Lincoln from the shorthand notes, with a view toward getting Lincoln's sanction for its publication, but that Lincoln objected on the grounds that the comments on ``the course of Mr. Greeley . . . would tend to awaken a discussion now past and closed, and as Greeley in the Tribune was then doing magnificent work for the cause, it would be better to let the speech go'' (ibid., p.121). The occasion of the speech was a Republican rally on the night of the Chicago municipal election. The similarity of some of Lincoln's remarks and some of his points in the Cincinnati speech, September 17, infra, and more particularly between the Chicago speech and the manuscript notes for the Ohio speeches, September 16, 17, infra, suggest that the manuscript notes were in part prepared in February or March, at the time when Lincoln contemplated a trip to the Kansas state Republican convention (see letters to Delahay, February 1, supra, March 4 and May 14, infra). It is even likely that Lincoln may have used portions of these same notes in making the present speech.
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