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


[1]   North Western Gazette and Galena Advertiser, March 17, 1843. This seems the best source available for the text of this circular. However, certain variations merit attention in the printing which appears in the Quincy Whig, March 22, 1843. Bracketed passages are from the Whig, which is, however, in general an inferior printing.

[2]   Supra, March 1, 1843.

[3]   Date of this letter is January 9, 1816.

[4]   Date of this letter to Dr. Littleton Coleman, a member of the Virginia legislature and a Jackson supporter who had professed opposite views, is April 26, 1824.

[5]   Speech of April 6, 1816.

[6]   See ``Resolutions at a Whig Meeting,'' March 1, 1843, supra, n. 2.

[7]   John Reynolds.

[8]   Richard Montgomery Young.

[9]   William L. D. Ewing.

[10]   See letter to John Bennett, March 7, 1843, where Lincoln specified his authorship of this argument in favor of conventions.

[11]   William C. Bouck.

[12]   President Harrison died on April 4, 1841, one month after his inauguration, and was succeeded by John Tyler.

[13]   Robert P. Letcher, Whig, contested the election of Thomas P. Moore, Democrat, to the Twenty-third Congress, but the House of Representatives did not seat either candidate and declared a new election necessary. Letcher won and took his seat on December 1, 1834.

[14]   James Graham, Whig, presented credentials to the Twenty-fourth Congress, served March 4, 1835 to March 29, 1836, when his seat was declared vacant by a Democratic House, but was not given to his competitor, David Newlands. Graham was subsequently reelected.

[15]   Ephraim Bateman, Whig, presiding in the joint convention of the General Assembly of New Jersey in 1826, cast the deciding vote to elect himself United States Senator against Theodore Frelinghuysen, Democrat. A select committee of five senators considered a remonstrance against the legality of his election, reported on May 22, 1828, that he had only exercised a legal right by thus voting, and discharged the remonstrance.