SPEECH OF HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, DELIVERED IN SPRINGFIELD, SATURDAY EVENING, JULY 17, 1858. Abraham Lincoln.

SPEECH OF HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, DELIVERED IN SPRINGFIELD, SATURDAY EVENING, JULY 17, 1858.

[Springfield, IL: 1858]. 8pp, printed in two columns per page, with caption title [as issued]. One folded, uncut leaf. Expert repairs to some splitting along folds and blank edges, and to a closed tear [no loss]. Light dusting. Except as noted, Very Good.

Lincoln's Speech, which preceded his debates with Douglas, puts forth the great themes that marked his political philosophy during the last ten years of his life. This is its only separate printing. Urging that slavery be placed in the course of "ultimate extinction," he repeats his 'House Divided' warning, first given at the State Republican Convention a month earlier. He insists that the Kansas-Nebraska bill was "the beginning of a conspiracy" to nationalize slavery.
Attacking Douglas, and defending himself against the charge that he would "invite a war of sections," he stands on "the principles of our Declaration of Independence." Though blacks are not the equal of whites "in all respects," the Declaration "does mean to declare that all men are equal in some respects; they are equal in their right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'" Most significantly, "in the right to put into his mouth the bread that his own hands have earned, he is the equal of every other man, white or black."
FIRST EDITION. Byrd 2960. Monaghan 12. Not in LCP, Work, Dumond, Blockson, Eberstadt. Item #33405

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