Indianapolis Journal and Cincinnati Daily Gazette, February 12; and Cincinnati Daily Commercial, February 13, 1861. These papers report the speech better than the Indianapolis Daily Sentinel, but no one of the three reports is wholly reliable. Our text is a collation of all three. Although we have chosen the most probable reading, in instances where the variant word or phrase may have some claim, it is given in a footnote. Lincoln spoke from the rear platform in reply to Governor Morton, who welcomed him from an open barouche drawn up beside the train.
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