Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7 [Nov. 5, 1863-Sept. 12, 1864].

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Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7 [Nov. 5, 1863-Sept. 12, 1864].
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Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press
1953.
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To John A. J. Creswell1Jump to section

Hon. John A. J. Creswell Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir: Washington, March 7, 1864.

I am very anxious for emancipation to be effected in Maryland in some substantial form. I think it probable that my expressions of a preference for gradual over immediate emancipation, are misunderstood. I had thought the gradual would produce less confusion, and destitution, and therefore would be more satisfactory; but if those who are better acquainted with the subject, and are more deeply interested in it, prefer the immediate, most certainly I have no objection to their judgment prevailing. My wish is that all who are for emancipation in any form, shall co-operate, all treating all respectfully, and all adopting and acting upon the major opinion, when fairly ascertained. What I have dreaded is the danger that by jealousies, rivalries, and consequent ill-blood---driving one another out of meetings and conventions---perchance from the polls---the friends of emancipation themselves may divide, and lose the measure altogether. I wish this letter to not be

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made public; but no man representing me as I herein represent myself, will be in any danger of contradiction by me. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS and ADfS, DLC-RTL. The envelope in which the letter was sent bears Lincoln's endorsement ``Returned.'' The Maryland legislature had enacted a bill calling an election on April 6 for delegates to a constitutional convention to be held on April 27, 1864. See Lincoln to Hoffman, October 10, 1864.

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