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

To William H. Herndon [1]

Dear William: Washington, Feb: 2. 1848

I just take up my pen to say, that Mr. Stephens [2] of Georgia, a little slim, pale-faced, consumptive man, with a voice like Logan's [3] has just concluded the very best speech, of an hour's length, I ever heard.

My old, withered, dry eyes, are full of tears yet.

If he writes it out any thing like he delivered it, our people shall see a good many copies of it. [4] Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, ORB.

[2]   Alexander H. Stephens, Whig, member of congress 1843-1859.

[3]   Stephen T. Logan.

[4]   See Congressional Globe Appendix, Thirtieth Congress, First Session, pp. 159-63. Stephens vigorously denounced the Mexican War as an aggression to ``force and compel'' the people of Mexico to sell their country.