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Abraham Lincoln to L. [Levant] L. Jones

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Creator: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Date: December 09, 1859

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Misc. Coll. Lincoln, Abraham (Photocopy)

Unit ID: 440407

Summary: This letter was written by Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois to Levant L. Jones, Lawrence, Kansas. In the letter, Lincoln declines an invitation to meet with Levant L. Jones, a Lawrence attorney, after a speech in Leavenworth, Kansas. During the first week in December, 1859, Lincoln gave speeches in Elwood, Troy, Doniphan, Atchison, and Leavenworth, Kansas. His remarks dealt with the Republican party's efforts to prevent the extension of slavery. In Atchison, Lincoln commented that John Brown was guilty of treason and had paid the proper penalty for his actions at Harper's Ferry. He spoke about the theory of popular sovereignty and about the evils of states seceding from the Union. At the time, he was considering his chances as a presidential candidate in 1860, and his Kansas speeches were a precursor of the campaign. Although Kansas liked Lincoln, the delegation from the territory to the 1860 Republican convention did not support his nomination. Levant L. Jones, a 1st Lieutenant in the 1st Kansas, Company F, was killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek in 1861.

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Title (Main title): Abraham Lincoln to L. [Levant] L. Jones

Part of: Abraham Lincoln collection.

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008-09-01-03  Copy of letter in Misc. Coll. Lincoln, Abraham 

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