Proceedings of Whig Meeting at Springfield regarding the Presidential Election of 1844, 9-10 June 18431
Whig Meeting at the Capitol.
Pursuant to public notice a large number of Whigs from different parts of the State assembled in the Representatives’ Hall, on Friday evening, 9th June, 1843. Capt. [Captain]H. H. Gear, of Joe Daviess county, was called to the Chair, and J. H. Matheny, of Sangamon, appointed Secretary.
Gen. J. J. Hardin, of Morgan county; J. J. Brown, Esq.[Esquire] of Vermillion, and Maj.[Major] E. D. Baker, of Sangamon, severally addressed the meeting. After which the meeting adjourned until Saturday evening.
Saturday Evening, June 10.
The President resumed the chair; and J. M. Davis, Esq.[Esquire] of Bond county, addressed the meeting. He was followed by A. Lincoln, Esq.[Esquire], who subsequently introduced the following resolutions, which were adopted unanimously:
Resolved, That we recommend to the Whigs of all the counties of this State, to hold meetings, and appoint delegates to meet in Convention on the second Monday of December next, in Springfield, and select nine persons as a Whig electoral ticket to be voted for by all the Whigs of the State at the Presidential election in 1844.2
Resolved, That all the Whig papers of this State be requested to publish the above resolution.
On motion of A. Lincoln, Esq.[Esquire] the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That we invite our democratic brethren to select two or three members of their party to meet a like number of ours to discuss the question of difference between the two political parties of the Nation, during all the evenings of next week; each Speaker to occupy one evening, the parties to take evening and evening about, and the speaker whose lot it shall be to open the debate, to have the privilege of making the closing speech on his own side of the question.
Resolved, That the President of the Clay Club, be directed to present a copy of the above resolution to the President of the Democratic Association.
The meeting then adjourned.
H. H. GEAR, Ch’m.[Chairman]J. H. Matheny, Sec’y.[Secretary]
1This report was printed in the June 15, 1843, issue of the Sangamo Journal; however, there is no extant original or microfilm of that issue. The only image available is a photostat of the newspaper in the files at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
2In 1844, the Illinois Whig electoral ticket included Henry Clay for president, Theodore Frelinghuysen for vice president, and Edward D. Baker for Congress.
Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 11 July 1844, 2:3.

Copy of Printed Document, 1 page(s), Abraham Lincoln Association Files, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL).