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Collection Reference Number GLC04436.01
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1860s 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Charles C. Nott re: publishing Cooper Institute address (for 1860 election)
Date 31 May 1860
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Nott, Charles C.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects President  Presidential Speeches and Proclamations  Election  Politics  Republican Party  Government and Civics  US Constitution  Slavery  African American History  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Nott, Charles Cooper (1827-1916)  
Place written Springfield
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Related documents The Address of... delivered at Cooper Institute [ed. by C.C. Nott & C. Brainerd]  
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