Abraham Lincoln to Norman Buel Judd, October 20, 1858

Abraham Lincoln, 1858, detail
Toward the end of the 1858 campaign, Abraham Lincoln worried about election fraud. In this letter, he addressed the issue by warning Republican state party chairman Norman B. Judd that Democrats were sending Irish immigrant voters across central Illinois to cast illegal ballots. Lincoln offered what he called "a bare suggestion," namely that Republicans might themselves consider employing a "detective" who could control the Irish voters --though by what means he did not specify. (By Matthew Pinsker)

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Abraham Lincoln to Norman Buel Judd, October 20, 1858, Rushville, IL, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 3: 329-330, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
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  Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
  Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College

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"Celtic gentlemen" refers to Irish immigrants.
 
"doggeries" refers to taverns that served liquor.

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