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Letter to Norman Judd (October 20, 1858)

Ranking #9 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  Toward the end of the 1858 campaign, Abraham Lincoln worried about election fraud. In this letter, he addressed the issue by warning Republican state party chairman

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Letter to Richard Yates (August 18, 1854)

Ranking #15 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the summer of 1854, Abraham Lincoln was a 45-year-old attorney and former one-term US congressman living in Springfield, Illinois. However, in this letter to Richard

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Handbill on Infidelity (July 31, 1846)

Ranking #16 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the summer of 1846, Abraham Lincoln was a Whig candidate for a seat in the US Congress. He was competing against Democratic nominee Peter Cartwright,

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Cooper Union Speech (February 27, 1860)

Contributing Editors for this page include Stacy Hoeflich Ranking #20 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the fall of 1859, Abraham Lincoln received an invitation from the Young Men’s Republican Club of New

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Notes for a Law Lecture (July 1, 1850)

Ranking #21 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  The editors of Abraham Lincoln’s Collected Works have tentatively dated this fragment found in his papers as July 1, 1850. It appears to have been the

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Letter to William Herndon (July 10, 1848)

Ranking #22 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In this letter to his law partner written from Washington, Congressman Lincoln offered advice about how to get ahead. William H. Herndon was about a decade

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Meditation on Divine Will (September 2, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Mary Beth Donnelly, Michelle Grasso, and Marsha Greco Ranking #35 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act

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Speech on War With Mexico (January 12, 1848)

Contributing Editors for this page include Cynthia Smith Ranking #55 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “When the war began, it way my opinion that all those who, because of knowing too little, or because of

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Letter to William Herndon (June 12, 1848)

Ranking #61 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “On my return from Philadelphia, where I had been attending the nomination of “Old Rough”—I found your letter in a mass of others, which had accumulated in

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Proclamation of Thanksgiving (October 3, 1863)

Ranking #69 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” On This Date HD Daily Report, October

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Speech Concerning the State Bank (January 11, 1837)

Ranking #76 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Mr. Chairman, this movement is exclusively the work of politicians; a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people, and who, to

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Letter to Joshua Speed (February 25, 1842)

Ranking #78 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I tell you, Speed, our forebodings, for which you and I are rather peculiar, are all the worst sort of nonsense.” On This Date HD Daily Report,

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Letter to Joshua Speed (October 5, 1842)

Ranking #79 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “You have heard of my duel with Shields, and I have now to inform you that the duelling business still rages in this city.” On This Date

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Definition of Democracy (August 1, 1858)

Contributing Editors for this page include Canada Snyder Ranking #81 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of

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Instructions for John Nicolay (July 16, 1860)

Ranking #82 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Tell him my motto is “Fairness to all,” But commit me to nothing.” On This Date HD Daily Report, July 16, 1860 Custom Map View in Larger Map

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Letter to Owen Lovejoy (August 11, 1855)

Ranking #96 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Know-nothingism has not yet entirely tumbled to pieces—nay, it is even a little encouraged by the late elections in Tennessee, Kentucky & Alabama. Until we can get

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Fragment on Government (July 1, 1854)

Ranking #103 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can

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Letter to Fillmore Men (September 8, 1856)

Ranking #105 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I understand you are a Fillmore man. Let me prove to you that every vote withheld from Fremont, and given to Fillmore, in this state, actually lessens Fillmore’s

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Address to Washington Temperance Society (February 22, 1842)

Ranking #121 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “…Although the Temperance cause has been in progress for near twenty years, it is apparent to all, that it is, just now, being crowned with a degree of

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Letter to Jonathan Scammon (November 10, 1854)

Ranking #123 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents   Annotated Transcript Some partial friends are for me for the U.S. Senate; and it would be very foolish, and very false, for me to deny that I would

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Letter to Ichabod Codding (November 27, 1854)

Ranking #124 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Your note of the 13th. requesting my attendance of the Republican State Central Committee, on the 17th. Inst. at Chicago, was, owing to my absence from home,

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Letter to E. Stafford (March 17, 1860)

Ranking #125 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Thanking you very sincerely for your kind purposes toward me, I am compelled to say the money part of the arrangement you propose is, with me, an

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Letter to John Clayton (July 28, 1849)

Ranking #130 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The appointments need be no better than they have been, but the public must be brought to understand, that they are the President’s appointments. He must occasionally

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Letter to James Hackett (August 17, 1863)

Ranking #131 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Some of Shakspeare’s plays I have never read; while others I have gone over perhaps as frequently as any unprofessional reader. Among the latter are Lear, Richard

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Letter to James Hackett (November 2, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Andrew Villwock Ranking #132 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “My note to you I certainly did not expect to see in print; yet I have not been much

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