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

Speech at Springfield, Illinois [1]

December 18, 1839

. . . . On Wednesday evening, after many efforts on the part of the Locos to GET OFF, the debate was opened on the part of the Whigs, by a speech from Mr. Lincoln, characterized by that greatPage  158 force and point for which he is so justly admired. He set out with a statement of three propositions, which he believed he could demonstrate to the satisfaction of every unprejudiced mind in the house. 1st, That there had been a total change in the administration of the Government, within the last ten years; and that change had been for the WORSE. 2d. That a new and corrupt system of tactics had been introduced into the National administration, unknown to former administrations: and thirdly, that the consummation and perfection of this whole scheme of fraud and corruption, was in the establishment of the SUB-TREASURY. These several propositions he sustained, not by rant, declamation and assertion, but by an array of documentary evidence, which could not be disputed.


[1]   Sangamo Journal, January 3, 1840. Stephen A. Douglas replied for the Democrats.