Congressman Daniel Gott of New York introduced a resolution condemning slavery in the District of Columbia and ordering the preparation of a bill voting its end there. The final vote was 98 to 88 with Representative A. Lincoln from Illinois among those voting in the negative. Infuriated Southern lawmakers were able to reverse the measure a few weeks later, on January 11, 1849. During this second debate, Lincoln proposed an alternate, more gradual abolition in the District but the idea was not taken up and the whole issue died with the session. (By John Osborne)
Don E. Fehrenbacher, Ward M. McAfee, The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), 81-82.