[1]   D, IHi. The manuscript is not in Lincoln's hand, nor is the signature, but the preservation of the original in the Henry E. Dummer papers certifies that the document originated with the ``Whig Junto'' of Springfield over whose names it was sent out, and for whose direction Lincoln was largely responsible. Henry E. Dummer was an attorney residing at Beardstown in Cass County. He had been the law partner of John T. Stuart while living in Springfield, his place in the firm being taken by Lincoln upon his removal to Beardstown.

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