Abraham Lincoln and Others to the People of Sangamon County, 5 April 1839TO THE PEOPLE OF SANGAMON COUNTY.Fellow-Citizens;—
We, a portion of the Sangamon delgation learning that great dissatisfaction prevails among you, relative to the New Revenue Law, ask the favor of you, to attend a public discussion of the merits and demerits of that measure, on SATURDAY the 13th APRIL inst., at Springfield. We invite every man in the County, who opposes the Revenue Law, to come armed with all the arguments against it that he can, and we confidently believe, we will be able to show, that none of them are well founded.1
|A. LINCOLN,||A. G. HERNDON.|
|A. McCORMIC,||J. CALHOUN.|
|N. W. EDWARDS.|
1Some of Abraham Lincoln’s views can be gleaned from a letter to William S. Wait on March 2, 1839.
2The other members of the delegation were Edward D. Baker, William F. Elkin, and John Dawson. Unfortunately, there exists no newspaper account of the revenue meeting. The Illinois State Register for April 19, 1839 did not cover it, and the Sangamo Journal for that week is not extant.
Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 321.
Printed Transcription, 1 page(s), Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 12 April 1839, 2:1.