Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech!
Elwood Free Press
December 3, 1859
Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! Hon. Abraham Lincoln arrived in Elwood on Thursday. Although fatigued with the journey, and somewhat "under the weather," he kindly consented to make a short speech here. A large number of our citizens assembled at the Great Western Hotel to hear him. Mr. Lincoln was received with great enthusiasm. He stated the reasons why he was unable to make a speech this evening. He could only say a few words to us who had come out to meet him the first time he had placed his foot upon the soil of Kansas. Mr. Lincoln said that it was possible that we had local questions in regard to railroads, land grants and internal improvements which were matters of deeper interest to us than the questions arising out of national politics, but of these local interests he knew nothing and should say nothing....Mr. Lincoln in conclusion adverted briefly to the Harper's Ferry affair. He believed the attack of Brown wrong for two reasons. It was a violation of law and it was, as all such attacks must be, futile as far as any effect it might have on the extinction of a great evil....Mr. Lincoln closed his brief speech by wishing all to go out to the election on Tuesday and to vote as became the Freemen of Kansas..
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