Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Elihu B. Washburne [1]

Hon. E. B. Washburne. Springfield
My dear Sir Jany. 29. 1859

I have just received your brother's speech [2] sent me by yourself. I had read it before; and you will oblige me by presenting him with my respects, and telling him I doubly thank him for making it---first, because the points are so just and well put; and next, because it is so well timed. We needed, from some one who can get the public attention, just such a speech just at this time. His objection to the Oregon constitution because it excludes free negroes, is the only thing I wish he had omitted. Your friend as ever


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[1]   ALS, IHi.

[2]   Representative Israel Washburn, Jr., of Maine, who in common with other members of the family, excepting his brother Elihu, spelled his name without an e, delivered a speech on the Republican party in the House of Representatives on January 10.