Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.

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Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press

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Extracts from Speeches on Slavery1Jump to section

October 18, 1858

The following extracts are taken from various speeches of mine delivered at various times and places; and I believe the[y] contain the substance of all I have ever said about ``negro equality'' The first three are from my answer to Judge Douglas, Oct. 16, 1854- at Peoria.

[The extracts are as follows: seven paragraphs beginning, ``This is the repeal of the Missouri Compromise. . . .''; five paragraphs beginning, ``Judge Douglas frequently, with bitter irony and sarcasm.. . .''; paragraph beginning, ``In the course of his reply, Senator Douglas remarked. . . .'']

The fourth extract is from a speech delivered June 26- 1857, at Springfield.

[Two paragraphs beginning, ``I think the authors of that notable instrument. . . .'']

The following marked 5---is from my speech at Chicago, July 10. 1858. Because garbled extracts are often taken from this speech, I have given the whole which touches ``negro equality.''

[Concluding paragraphs of the speech beginning, ``We were often---more than once, at least---in the course of Judge Douglas' speech last night. . . .'']

The following marked 6, was brought in immediately, after reading the first extract in this scrap-book, in the first joint meeting with Judge Douglas, Aug. 21. 1858 at Ottawa.

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[Paragraph beginning, ``Now gentlemen, I don't want to read. . . .'']

The following, marked 7 is from my speech in the fourth joint meeting, Sep. 18. 1858 at Charleston.

[Paragraph beginning, ``While I was at the hotel. . . .'']


[1]   AD, CSmH. The letter to James N. Brown, infra, is written in a little notebook on the pages immediately following the newspaper clippings from Lincoln's speeches dealing with slavery. In lieu of repeating so many lengthy passages from speeches appearing elsewhere, the editors have substituted for each clipping a bracketed identification of the passages represented.

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