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Saturday, June 10, 1848.+-

Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE.

In Wilmington, Delaware, in the evening, Lincoln delivers a speech criticizing the policies of President James K. Polk. A newspaper reports, "[Lincoln] referred to the history of . . . Polk's administration—the abuse of power which characterized it—the high-handed and despotic exercise of the veto power, and the utter disregard of the will of the people." Additionally, Lincoln submits that Polk initiated the war with Mexico in order "to catch votes."Speech at Wilmington, Delaware, 10 June 1848, CW, 1:475-76.