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Lincoln, Abraham - Speeches and Writings 1832–1858


Abraham Lincoln

Speeches and Writings 1832–1858

 
"The best selection of Lincoln's writings available today, perhaps the best ever."
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*Denotes verbatim newspaper accounts of speeches, reprinted here in full, that are known to be incomplete.

  • To the People of Sangamo County, March 9, 1832
  • To the Editor of the Sangamo Journal, June 13, 1836
  • To Robert Allen, June 21, 1836
  • To Mary S. Owens, December 13, 1836
  • Speech in the Illinois Legislature on the State Bank, January 11, 1837
  • Protest in the Illinois Legislature on Slavery, March 3, 1837
  • To Mary S. Owens, May 7, 1837
  • To Mary S. Owens, August 16, 1837
  • Second Reply to James Adams, October 18, 1837
  • Address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838
  • To Mrs. Orville H. Browning, April 1, 1838
  • To William Butler, January 26, 1839
  • To William Butler, February 1, 1839
  • To William S. Wait, March 2, 1839
  • Speech on the Sub-Treasury at Springfield, Illinois, December 26, 1839
  • Plan of Campaign in 1840, c. January 1840
  • To John T. Stuart, January 20, 1840
  • To Andrew McCormick, c. December 1840January 1841
  • To John T. Stuart, January 23, 1841
  • To John T. Stuart, January 23, 1841
  • To Joshua F. Speed, June 19, 1841
  • To Mary Speed, September 27, 1841
  • To Joshua F. Speed, c. early January 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, February 3, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, February 13, 1842
  • Address to the Washington Temperance Society of Springfield, Illinois, February 22, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, February 25, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, February 25, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, March 27, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, July 4, 1842
  • The "Rebecca" Letter, August 27, 1842
  • To James Shields, September 17, 1842
  • Duel Instructions to Elias H. Merryman, September 19, 1842
  • To Joshua F. Speed, October 5, 1842
  • To James S. Irwin, November 2, 1842
  • To Samuel D. Marshall, November 11, 1842
  • To Richard S. Thomas, February 14, 1843
  • To Joshua F. Speed, March 24, 1843
  • To Martin S. Morris, March 26, 1843
  • To Martin S. Morris, April 14, 1843
  • To Joshua F. Speed, May 18, 1843
  • To Williamson Durley, October 3, 1845
  • To Benjamin F. James, November 17, 1845
  • To Henry E. Dummer, November 18, 1845
  • To Benjamin F. James, November 24, 1845
  • To Benjamin F. James, December 6, 1845
  • To Robert Boal, January 7, 1846
  • To Benjamin F. James, January 16, 1846
  • To John J. Hardin, January 19, 1846
  • "My Childhood-Home I See Again," c. February 1846
  • To John J. Hardin, February 7, 1846
  • To Benjamin F. James, February 9, 1846
  • To Andrew Johnston, February 24, 1846
  • Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder, April 15, 1846
  • To Andrew Johnston, April 18, 1846
  • Handbill Replying to Charges of Infidelity, July 31, 1846
  • To Allen N. Ford, August 11, 1846
  • To Andrew Johnston, September 6, 1846
  • To Joshua F. Speed, October 22, 1846
  • To Andrew Johnston, February 25, 1847
  • "The Bear Hunt," before February 25, 1847
  • Fragments on the Tariff, c. August 1846December 1847
  • "Spot" Resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives, December 22, 1847
  • To William H. Herndon, January 8, 1848
  • Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on the War with Mexico, January 12, 1848
  • To Jonathan R. Diller, January 19, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, February 1, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, February 2, 1848
  • To Josephus Hewett, February 13, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, February 15, 1848
  • To Thomas S. Flournoy, February 17, 1848
  • To Usher F. Linder, February 20, 1848
  • To Solomon Lincoln, March 6, 1848
  • To Usher F. Linder, March 22, 1848
  • To David Lincoln, April 2, 1848
  • To Mary Todd Lincoln, April 16, 1848
  • To Archibald Williams, April 30, 1848
  • To John M. Peck, May 21, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, June 12, 1848
  • To Mary Todd Lincoln, June 12, 1848
  • Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on Internal Improvements, June 20, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, June 22, 1848
  • To Horace Greeley, June 27, 1848
  • To Mary Todd Lincoln, July 2, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, July 10, 1848
  • To William H. Herndon, July 11, 1848
  • Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Presidential Question, July 27, 1848
  • To William Schouler, August 28, 1848
  • Fragment on Niagara Falls, late September 1848?
  • To Thomas Lincoln and John D. Johnston, December 24, 1848
  • To Walter Davis, January 5, 1849
  • To William H. Herndon, January 5, 1849
  • To C. U. Schlater, January 5, 1849
  • Proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives for Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia, January 10, 1849
  • To David Davis, February 12, 1849
  • To Joshua F. Speed, February 20, 1849
  • To Charles R. Welles, February 20, 1849
  • To William B. Warren and Others, April 7, 1849
  • To William B. Preston, April 20, 1849
  • To Josiah M. Lucas, April 25, 1849
  • To William B. Preston, May 16, 1849
  • To Duff Green, May 18, 1849
  • To Joseph Gillespie, May 19, 1849
  • To Elisha Embree, May 25, 1849
  • To Josiah B. Herrick, June 3, 1849
  • To Thomas Ewing, June 22, 1849
  • To Joseph Gillespie, July 13, 1849
  • To Joseph Gillespie, July 13, 1849
  • To John M. Clayton, July 28, 1849
  • To John M. Clayton, August 21, 1849
  • To John M. Clayton, September 16, 1849
  • To John Addison, September 27, 1849
  • To Thomas Ewing, September 27, 1849
  • To Thomas Ewing, October 13, 1849
  • To George W. Rives, December 15, 1849
  • To John D. Johnston, February 23, 1850
  • To the Editors of the Illinois Journal, June 5, 1850
  • Notes on the Practice of Law, 1850?
  • Eulogy on Zachary Taylor at Chicago, Illinois, July 25, 1850
  • To John D. Johnston, January 12, 1851
  • To Andrew McCallen, July 4, 1851
  • To John D. Johnston, November 4, 1851
  • To John D. Johnston, November 9, 1851
  • To John D. Johnston, November 25, 1851
  • Eulogy on Henry Clay at Springfield, Illinois, July 6, 1852
  • Speech to the Scott Club of Springfield, Illinois, August 14, and 26, 1852
  • To Charles R. Welles, September 27, 1852
  • To Lewis M. Hays, October 27, 1852
  • To Thompson R. Webber, September 12, 1853
  • To Mason Brayman, October 3, 1853
  • To James F. Joy, January 25, 1854
  • To Jesse Lincoln, April 1, 1854
  • Fragments on Government, 1854?
  • Fragment on Slavery, 1854?
  • To John M. Palmer, September 7, 1854
  • To Richard J. Oglesby, September 8, 1854
  • Editorial in the Illinois Journal, September 11, 1854
  • Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854
  • To Charles Hoyt, November 10, 1854
  • To Jonathan Y. Scammon, November 10, 1854
  • To Jacob Harding, November 11, 1854
  • To Noah W. Matheny, November 25, 1854
  • To Ichabod Codding, November 27, 1854
  • To Hugh Lemaster, November 29, 1854
  • To Joseph Gillespie, December 1, 1854
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, December 11, 1854
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, December 14, 1854
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, December [January] 6, 1855
  • To Richard Yates, January 14, 1855
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, February 9, 1855
  • To William H. Henderson, February 21, 1855
  • To Owen Lovejoy, August 11, 1855
  • To George Robertson, August 15, 1855
  • To Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855
  • To Isham Reavis, November 5, 1855
  • To Richard P. Morgan, February 13, 1856
  • To George P. Floyd, February 21, 1856
  • Speech at Bloomington, Illinois, May 29, 1856
  • To Lyman Trumbull, June 7, 1856
  • To Lyman Trumbull, June 27, 1856
  • To David Davis, July 7, 1856
  • To James Berdan, July 10, 1856
  • To James W. Grimes, July 12, 1856
  • On Sectionalism, c. July 1856
  • To Lyman Trumbull, August 11, 1856
  • Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 27, 1856
  • Letter to Fillmore Men, September 8, 1856
  • To Henry O'Conner, September 14, 1856
  • To Julian M. Sturtevant, September 27, 1856
  • On Stephen Douglas, c. December 1856
  • * Portion of Speech at Republican Banquet in Chicago, Illinois, December 10, 1856
  • Notes for Speech at Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 1857
  • To Newton Deming and George P. Strong, May 25, 1857
  • On the Dred Scott Case, June? 1857
  • Speech on the Dred Scott Decision at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857
  • To James W. Grimes, after August 14, 1857
  • Speech to the Jury in the Rock Island Bridge Case, Chicago, Illinois, September 22 and 23, 1857
  • On the Republican Party, c. November 1857
  • To Lyman Trumbull, November 30, 1857
  • Draft of a Speech, c. late December 1857
  • To Lyman Trumbull, December 28, 1857
  • To Owen Lovejoy, March 8, 1858
  • To Ozias M. Hatch, March 24, 1858
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, April 26, 1858
  • To Jediah F. Alexander, May 15, 1858
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, May 27, 1858
  • To Stephen A. Hurlbut, June 1, 1858
  • To Charles L. Wilson, June 1, 1858
  • To Samuel Wilkinson, June 10, 1858
  • "House Divided" Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858
  • To John L. Scripps, June 23, 1858
  • To Lyman Trumbull, June 23, 1858
  • To Joseph Medill, June 25, 1858
  • Fragment on the Struggle Against Slavery, c. July 1858
  • Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858
  • To Gustave P. Koerner, July 15, 1858
  • Speech at Springfield, Illinois, July 17, 1858
  • To John Mathers, July 20, 1858
  • To Stephen A. Douglas, July 24, 1858
  • To Joseph Gillespie, July 25, 1858
  • To Gustave P. Koerner, July 25, 1858
  • To Stephen A. Douglas, July 29, 1858
  • To Henry Asbury, July 31, 1858
  • To Stephen A. Douglas, July 31, 1858
  • On Slavery and Democracy, 1858?
  • To Jediah F. Alexander, August 2, 1858
  • To Burton C. Cook, August 2, 1858
  • To William H. Grigsby, August 3, 1858
  • To Henry E. Dummer, August 5, 1858
  • * Portion of Speech at Havana, Illinois, August 14, 1858
  • Draft of a Speech, c. August 1858
  • First Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858
  • To Joseph O. Cunningham, August 22, 1858
  • To Ebenezer Peck, August 23, 1858
  • Second Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Freeport, Illinois, August 27, 1858
  • * Portion of Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11, 1858
  • Third Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Jonesboro, Illinois, September 15, 1858
  • To Martin P. Sweet, September 16, 1858
  • To Elihu B. Washburne, September 16, 1858
  • Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
  • To Norman B. Judd, September 23, 1858
  • Verses to Rosa Haggard, September 28, 1858
  • Verse to Linnie Haggard, September 30, 1858
  • On Pro-slavery Theology, 1858?
  • Fifth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Galesburg, Illinois, October 7, 1858
  • Sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Quincy, Illinois, October 13, 1858
  • Seventh Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Alton, Illinois, October 15, 1858
  • To James N. Brown, October 18, 1858
  • To Norman B. Judd, October 20, 1858
  • Portion of Speech at Carthage, Illinois, October 22, 1858
  • To Edward Lusk, October 30, 1858
  • * Portion of Last Speech in Campaign of 1858, Springfield, Illinois, October 30, 1858
  • To John J. Crittenden, November 4, 1858
  • To Norman B. Judd, November 15, 1858
  • To Norman B. Judd, November 16, 1858
  • To Samuel C. Davis and Company, November 17, 1858
  • To Henry Asbury, November 19, 1858
  • To Anson G. Henry, November 19, 1858
  • To Charles H. Ray, November 20, 1858
  • To Lyman Trumbull, December 11, 1858
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