Abraham Lincoln to David B. Campbell, 27 June 18481Washington, June 27. 1848Friend Campbell:
Your letter of the 19th was received last night–2 I will cheerfully pay the little sum you desire whenever Mr Webb calls for it– You need do nothing about it till you hear from me again– As one of my votes on the origin of the Mexican war, and my speech on the subject, had been the subject ^object^ of loco foco assault, tell Judge Logan I am much obliged to him for his vindication of me– No fair-minded, sensable man, can take any other view of the matter–3
I have been making an internal improvement speech, of which I will send you a copy when it shall be printed– I do not expect it will interest the people much, in the midst of ^the^ political excitement, immediately preceding a presidential election– but, the subject, being one of great and permanent interest, particularly to our district, I felt it a duty to say something about it– I shall seek an oppertunity to make one political—Taylor— speech before the end of the session; and that will be about the close of my congressional career–4 The short session of next winter will be too tame, to admit of any thingYour friend as everA Lincoln
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June 27, 1848
June 27, 1848
3The vote Lincoln refers could well have been his vote in support of George Ashmun’s amendment to a resolution expressing thanks to General Zachary Taylor and his troops. On January 3, 1848, Representative John W. Houston introduced a joint resolution of thanks to General Taylor and his soldiers. Representative Robert C. Schenck moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Representative Thomas J. Henley moved to amend Schenck’s motion by adding the following: “with instructions to insert in the said resolution the following: 'engaged as they were, in defending the rights and honor of the country.’” Ashmun proposed to amend these instructions by adding at the end the following: “in a war unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States." The House adopted Ashmun’s amendment either by a vote of eighty-two yeas to eighty-one nays or eighty-five yeas to eighty-one nays, with Lincoln voting yea. (The House Journal and the Congressional Globe differ on the vote tabulation.) There is no evidence that the House resumed consideration of this joint resolution or its amendments. On February 7, 1848, the House passed a joint resolution of thanks to Taylor without Ashmun’s or Henley’s amendments by a vote of 181 yeas to one nay, with Lincoln voting yea. The Senate adopted the joint resolution with amendments on February 16, and the House concurred in the Senate amendments on May 4. President James K. Polk approved the resolution in final form on May 9.
U.S. House Journal. 1848. 30th Cong., 1st sess., 183-85, 365-66, 765, 773, 782; U.S. Senate Journal. 1848. 30th Cong., 1st sess., 178-79; Cong. Globe, 30th Cong., 1st Sess., 95, 320 (1848).
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), GLC00966, Gilder Lehrman Collection (New York, New York).