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].
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press

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"Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 7 [Nov. 5, 1863-Sept. 12, 1864]." In the digital collection Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 20, 2024.


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



[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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