Friends and colleagues who heard Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided speech expressed to him their concerns with its controversial nature. Here, Republican newspaper editor John Scripps wrote Lincoln to warn him of the negative influence his speech may have upon the party in Kentucky. He feared that conservatives would interpret the oration as a pledge to “make war” upon slavery. Thus, Scripps urged Lincoln to elaborate upon his stance in future speaking engagements to calm slavery sympathizers. (By David Park)
John L. Scripps to Abraham Lincoln, June 22, 1858, Chicago, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College