Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker by Waldo W. Braden

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3Z Wisconsin. Lincoln's reason for going to Wisconsin is less clear than that which prompted his Ohio trip. When the Wisconsin Agricultural Society invited him to deliver its annual address at the Wisconsin State Fair on September 30, Lincoln responded that he "had no address of the sort prepared; and could scarcely spare the time to prepare one," but he promised an answer by September 1. What moved him at this busy time to write a lecture on the place of labor in the American economic system, a subject far from his usual interests, 31.

I very frankly say, I think it would be invasion, and it would be coercion too, if the people of that country were forced to submit. But if the Government, for instance, but simply insists upon holding its own forts, or retaking those forts which belong to it, or the enforcement of the laws of the United States in the collection of duties upon foreign importations, or even the withdrawal of the mails from those portions of the country where the mails themselves are habitually violated; would any or all of these things be coercion?

Collected Wrks, III, 390; William Baringer, Lincoln's Rise to Power (Boston, 1937), 91-93. 31 Having agreed to speak in Columbus and Cincinnati, Lincoln probably prepared two manuscripts. " It appeared in full in the Ohio State Journal after Lincoln had carefully proofread it. His reception in Columbus was less enthusiastic than that afforded his opponent, and his audiences were smaller. He was, however, immediately pressed to make additional appearances, and that evening he spoke to the Young Republicans at City Hall.

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