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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed (Statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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371. Joshua F. Speed (Statement for William H. Herndon).

[1865 — 66]

In 1836 [1] Mr Lincoln was a whig candidate for the Legislature in Sangamon County. At that time he resided in the lower part of the County near Petersburg — I was a merchant in Springfield had never seen him — but had heard of his power upon the stump from the young men in that part of the County — They were proud of him, and spoke of him in high terms of encomium — A short time before the election, he made a speech in Springfield, in the old Court house where the State house now stands — The crowd was large. His friends & admirers had Come in from the Country —

I remember that his speech was a very able one, using with great power and originality all the arguments then used to sustain the principles of the Whig party, as against its great rival the Democratic party of that day — The speech produced a profound impression — The Crowd was with him —

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed (Statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon477.html
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