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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to the 1860s
|Abraham Lincoln to Charles C. Nott re: publishing Cooper Institute address (for 1860 election)
|31 May 1860
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|Nott, Charles C.
|Lincoln's letter to Nott concerning the Nott-Brainerd edition of the Cooper Institute address. While gracious for the time they have spent in correcting and annotating his speech, Lincoln is quite adamant that the speech is not to be altered so as to misrepresent his position. "So far as it is intended merely to improve on grammar, and elegance of composition, I am quite agreed; but I do not wish the sense changed, or modified, to a hairs breadth. And you, not having studied the particular points so closely as I have, can not be quite sure that you do not change the sense when you do not intend it." This document differs from the copy printed in Basler's edition of the Collected Works.
|President Presidential Speeches and Proclamations Election Politics Republican Party Government and Civics US Constitution Slavery African American History
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Nott, Charles Cooper (1827-1916)
|Government & Politics; The Presidency; Slavery & Abolition
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
|The Address of... delivered at Cooper Institute [ed. by C.C. Nott & C. Brainerd]