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    [Texas Annexation]. Three Imprints of Senate and House Speeches Regarding the Annexation of Texas. Including Speech of Mr. Benton of Missouri (1844; 28 pages); Speech of Mr. J. R. Giddings, of Ohio (1844; 16 pages; Sabin 27329); and Speech of Mr. Miller, of New Jersey (1844; 23 pages). All have the name of "F. Springer" written in ink on the covers. Foxing, toning, and some lose pages.



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    Francis Springer (1810-1892) of Springfield, Illinois, had been a friend and neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. (Abraham and Mary Lincoln bought their first home next to Springer's home near Lincoln's office in Springfield in 1844.) At the outbreak of the Civil War, Springer enlisted as a chaplain in the Union Army. Two years later, Lincoln recommended him for a post chaplaincy in Fort Smith, Arkansas, writing, "I personally know Mr. Springer to be an excellent man" (William Furry, ed., The Preacher's Tale: The Civil War Journal of Rev. Francis Springer, [University of Arkansas Press, 2001], xvii.). President Lincoln had also referred to Mr. Springer earlier in a note to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton as "one of my best friends" (Ibid., xvii).



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