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

Speech at Lacon, Illinois [1]

July 18, 1846

However, there was a respectable gathering of the citizens of our village, and Mr. Lincoln gave us a good speech. The Tariff wasPage  382 the principal subject, with which he showed himself to be thoroughly acquainted. In a most logical, argumentative effort, he demonstrated the necessity of a discriminating tariff, and the excellence of that adopted by the whig congress of 1842; and also that the consumer does not usually pay the tariff, but the manufacturer and importer. Mr. L. closed with some general observations on the Mexican war, annexation of Texas, and the Oregon question.


[1]   The Illinois Gazette (Lacon), July 25, 1846. Lincoln's speech had received no advance announcement, according to the Gazette.