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

Call for Republican Convention [1]

May 10, 1856


The undersigned, citizens of Sangamon county, who are opposed to the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and who are opposed to the present Administration, and who are in favor of restoring the administration of the General Government to the Policy of Washington and Jefferson, would suggest the propriety of a County Convention, to be held in the City of Springfield, on SATURDAY, the TWENTY-FOURTH day of MAY, 1856, to appoint Delegates to the Bloomington Convention.


[1]   Illinois State Journal, May 10, 1856. Of one hundred and twenty-nine signers, the names of Lincoln and Herndon head the list. Herndon had signed for Lincoln, who was attending court at Pekin, Illinois. When Lincoln's conservative friends protested, Herndon wrote Lincoln and received a telegram sanctioning his act (Herndon, II, 382).