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    [Abraham Lincoln]: Views Concerning Candidate and President-Elect Lincoln. Insightful pair of letters written just prior to Lincoln's election and inauguration. 1) 8 ¼" x 10 ½" letter, Baltimore, Maryland, 1-page, October 26, 1860, on letterhead of "Balderston, Ward & Co. Commission Merchants". After acknowledging the receipt of a check, the writer advises: "... If you have collected any paper we hope you will be able to get us some money on it. Our payments are heavy and our banks doing little or nothing in the way of discounts & will not if Lincoln is elected. It will play the very devil for a while with trade & money matters. Even now the Southern banks will not discount drafts on New York." 2) 5 ¼" x 8 ¼" letter, Henniker, New Hampshire, February 6, 1861, to an unidentified legislator, praising his speech, signed by Oliver Pillsbury, brother of abolitionist Parker Pillsbury. In part: "... I have been feeling awful blue for some days past. It looks to me as though our late victory would be about wiped out before the 4th of March. All the Committees, boards of trade, & c., and Va.'s 'Peace Congress' are flocking to Washington for no other reason than by a concerted outside pressure to break down the Republicans. I wish they might be visited with a touch of the late Hotel disease that would send them home... I suppose that the country will be saved under the lead of that old reprobate John Tyler and what a salvation! Lincoln has born himself nobly, thus far, hasn't he? I fear he is to be President without a party to support him. It looks to me as though the battle had got to be fought over again. The people I believe are ready for it, if it must be so. If but a bakers dozen of you remain true; in the name of God we, the people, will rally around you and ere long freedom shall shout another triumph that shall wipe compromising flunkeyism out." Wonderful insight and quite prescient!


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