Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Speech at Quincy, Illinois [1]

November 1, 1854

Hon. A. Lincoln, of Springfield addressed a large audience at Kendall's Hall on Wednesday evening. We regret that we cannot give a full sketch of his address. The large company present listened with unwearied attention and an approbation emphasised by repeated outbursts of enthusiastic applause. The address was one of the clearest, most logical, argumentative and convincing discourses on the Nebraska question to which we have listened. Commencing with the history of its earliest events which led to the Compromise of 1820, he traced that Compromise up to the present time, showing that it had ever remained in the hearts of the people a sacred thing which no ruthless hand should have dared to destroy.

Page  286Mr. Lincoln left a most favorable impression upon those who heard him. He is one of the ``truly great men'' of Illinois.


[1]   Quincy Whig, November 3, 1854.