Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  429

To the People of Sangamon County [1]

Fellow Citizens:

I have this moment been shown a handbill signed ``Truth Teller,'' in which my name is done up in large capitals. No one can doubt the object of this attack at this late hour. An effort is now made to show that John T. Stuart and myself opposed the passage of the bill by which the Wiggins loan was paid. The handbill says---``The only vote taken on the bill when the yeas and nays were taken, was upon engrossing the bill for a third reading.'' That's a lie. Let the reader refer to pages, 124, 125 & 126 of the Journal, [2] and he will see that the yeas and nays were taken twice upon the bill after the vote referred to by this lying Truth Teller. And he will also see that my course toward the bill was anything but unfriendly. It is impossible to make a lengthy answer at this late hour. All I have to say is that the author is a liar and a scoundrel, and that if he will avow the authorship to me, I promise to give his proboscis a good wringing. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Copy, IHi. This copy is in the handwriting of Joseph Wallace who states in a postscript that it is a ``copy of an Election Handbill issud by Mr Lincoln . . . found among the old papers of the late Archer G. Herndon of Springfield [Illinois]. It is without date, but was probably issued on the eve of the [congressional] election in 1836.'' Another copy in Wallace's handwriting is owned by Mrs. Edna Orendorff Macpherson, Springfield, Illinois.

[2]   House Journal, Dec. 22, 1835.