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Hamlin, Hannibal (1809-1891) to C. E. Potts

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01595.02 Author/Creator: Hamlin, Hannibal (1809-1891) Place Written: Bangor, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 January 1891 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Replies to a letter from Potts in Troy, New York. Thanks Potts for a copy of the "Wide Awake Vocalist," an 1860 Presidential campaign song book for the Republican Party candidates (Abraham Lincoln and Hamlin). Reminisces about the campaign, and serving with Lincoln. Remarks, "we had to keep our territories free from the curse of slavery..." Calls Lincoln "a great and good man." Writes, "few remain who participated in those political conflicts or who realise, the determination and integrity required for that occasion. A majority of our population to day, were then unborn and can have no realising sense of those times- All honor, to Abraham Lincoln for the wonderful work he did Let his memory be faithfully cherished by all-"

People: Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Republican Party, Election, President Politics, Civil War, Vice President, Westward Expansion, Slavery

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