Looking to strengthen political ties, Abraham Lincoln replied to letters of advice as quickly and courteously as possible. In this letter to Chicago Press editor John Scripps, he addressed the concern that his last speech may have been “misconstrued.” Lincoln assured his friend that he believed no “power outside of the slave states” may interfere with slavery “where it already exists.” He promised to follow Scripps’ suggestion and clarify this point in future occasions. (By David Park)
Abraham Lincoln to John L. Scripps, June 23, 1858, Springfield, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 2: 471, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College