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Abraham Lincoln to Thomas J. Pickett, April 16, 1859

Abraham Lincoln to Thomas J. Pickett, April 16, 1859 (Page 1)
Rock Island Weekly Register editor Thomas Pickett had written Abraham Lincoln on April 13 asking about "the policy of announcing your name for the Presidency." Lincoln's cautious response three days later illustrated his concern about appearing over-eager as a potential candidate. Lincoln did take several steps to promote himself in 1859 and early 1860, but here at least he claimed that he did not consider himself "fit for the Presidency." (By Matthew Pinsker)

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