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Abraham Lincoln to John L. Scripps, June 23, 1858

Abraham Lincoln, 1858, detail
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)


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