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Wednesday, June 23, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes to Chicago newspaper editor John L. Scripps regarding Lincoln's recent "House Divided" speech. Scripps commends the speech but he cautions, "Some of my Kentucky friends who want to be Republicans . . . are afraid we are not sufficiently conservative . . . specifically relative to the general question of federal interference with slavery." Lincoln writes, "I have declared a thousand times, and now repeat that, in my opinion, neither the General Government, nor any other power outside of the slave states, can constitutionally or rightfully interfere with slaves or slavery where it already exists." To Trumbull in Washington he reports local political situation. He thinks Republican state ticket will be elected without difficulty, but that it will be very hard to carry legislature. John L. Scripps to Abraham Lincoln, 22 June 1858, Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to John L. Scripps, 23 June 1858, CW, 2:471; Abraham Lincoln to Lyman Trumbull, 23 June 1858, CW, 2:471-72.

In U.S. Circuit Court Lincoln takes judgment for $2,665.39 in Anderson, Lamoureux & Co. v. Robinson, filed May 26, 1858. Record.