Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker by Waldo W. Braden

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New York Times, September 8, 1858. 32. ), Colkcted Works, III, 400; Daniel J. Ryan, "Lincoln and Ohio," Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications, XXXII (1923), 33-101. 29 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER remains a mystery. Always intrigued with lecturing, Lincoln saw in this invitation another opportunity to try his hand at this genre in which he had not been particularly successful. His acceptance of the invitation did not seem to have obvious political implications beyond allowing him an opportunity to make new friends.

Pratt, The Great Debate (Springfield, 1955), 4. 15. , 1908), 529, vol. ), Collected Works, III, 332. 16. ), Collected Works, III, 84-85. 22 LINCOLN'S "LITTLE ENGINE" supporter overnight, but more often he checked in at a primitive village hotel. 17 On the whole, Lincoln was his own campaign manager, keeping up a stream of letters to those responsible for local arrangements. Whenever necessary, he modified his travel plans. Eager to offend no one and to reach as many voters as possible, Lincoln generously complied with the wishes of local supporters, adding appearances, seeking few comforts, and adjusting to the rigors of outdoor speaking in all kinds of weather.

15. Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years (New York, 1954), 214-15. 43 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER Hesitant to assess blame for the war—"judge not that we not be judged"—Lincoln put its outcome in Gods hands. 16 Lincoln's three masterpieces reflect what he said about the eloquence of Henry Clay—that it consisted "of deeply earnest and impassioned tone, and manner, which can proceed only from great sincerity and a thorough conviction in the speaker of the justice and importance of his cause.

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