Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Notes for Speech at Hartford, Connecticut [1]

[March 5, 1860]

SIGNS OF DECAY---BUSHWHACKING---

IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT---

JOHN BROWN

SHOE-TRADE---

True, or not true.

If true, what?

Mason

Plasters.

If not true, what?

[Illegible] is the question.

We must deal with it.

Magnitude of question.

What prevents just now?

Right --- wrong --- indifference

Indifference unphilosophical

Because nobody is indifferent

Must be converted to

Can be, or can not be done.

I suppose can not.

But if can, what result?

Indifference, then, must be rejected.

And what supported?

Sectionalism

Conservatism

John Brown

Conclusion

Annotation

[1]   Angle, pp. 239-40. According to Angle's note a newspaper reporter found the sheet of notes lying on a table in the City Hall after the speech and preserved it.