Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
January 25, 1839

Mr. Lincoln would not like to see the abstract question of right to a seat in this legislature blinded with any personal interests. He should therefore vote against laying the resolution on the table till the 4th of July; and if this motion were lost, he would move to lay it on the table---with the intention of letting it lie there till near the close of the session; when it could be taken up without wearing the appearance of being a personal attack.