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Abraham Lincoln to Elihu B. Washburne, September 16, 1858

Abraham Lincoln, 1858, detail
At times Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas exhibited the nastiest practice of campaigning politicians—mudslinging. In his letter to Republican Congressman Elihu Washburne, Lincoln addressed an attack made by Douglas that involved Lincoln’s relationship to Washburne. According to Lincoln, Douglas claimed that the two Republicans stood on “different ground” when it came to admitting new slave states. Here Lincoln asked Washburne for written confirmation to the contrary so that he “may make [it] public.” However, he never received such a reply. (By David Park)


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