Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Remarks at London, Ohio [1]

February 13, 1861

Fellow citizens, I do not appear before you to make a speech, and have not strength nor time to do so. If I were to undertake to makePage  204 a speech at every station, I should be completely tuckered out (not Mr. L's term, but its equivalent) before I reached the capital.

I perceive a band of music present, and while the iron horse stops to water himself, I would prefer they should discourse in their more eloquent music than I am capable of.

Annotation

[1]   London, Ohio, National Democrat, February 14, 1861. Although Lincoln made similar short speeches at other stops between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, this is the only text which has been located in a contemporary newspaper.