Owen Lovejoy to Abraham Lincoln, August 4, 1858

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    Owen Lovejoy to Abraham Lincoln, August 4, 1858, Princeton, IL, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Ben Lyman, Dickinson College
    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    Princeton Aug 4th 1858

    My dear Sir

    Yours of 2 inst is before me. In reply I would say that I do not know of any Douglas Republicans in this county unless it means Douglas men who are becoming Republicans which I think is the tendency at present. This county will send a clean Republican to the Legislature whatever his antecedents. I am assured that Lasalle is all right. I think the rumors that are afloat are but efforts to secure the nomination & that when the nominations are made the people will sustain them whatever a few may say or do. I mean to try & keep my district all right & the counties connected with it. I was at Clinton & our friends assured me that D. lost ground while there.

    I showed up Dred Scottism & P. S. as irreconcilably opposed as well as I could. I had a cordial reception. I beleive that the bugaboo of Negro Equality has pretty much lost its power. I leave for Danville tomorrow where they have a Senatorial Convention on Saturday.

    I am sorry to see that they have defeated Frank Blair. Is it true that Crittenden is exerting his influence for Douglas. K. Ns it seems to me have played the fool long enough

    Yours for the "ultimate extinction of slavery".

    Owen Lovejoy

    I think you said the whole in a word when you said that the mistake of Judge D. was that he made slavery a little thing when it was a great thing


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