With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition
Lincoln to George Prentice, Oct. 29, 1860
Your suggestion that I, in a certain event, shall write a letter, setting forth my conservative views. . . I could not express my conservative views and intentions more clearly and strongly, than they are expressed in our plat-form, and in my many speeches already in print, and before the public.
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They would seize upon almost any letter I could write, as being an “awful coming down”—