Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Letter to William S. Speer.

October 23, 2010

The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln


SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, October 23, 1860.

My dear Sir: Yours of the 13th was duly received. I appreciate your motive when you suggest the propriety of my writing for the public something disclaiming all intention to interfere with slaves or slavery in the States; but in my judgment it would do no good. I have already done this many, many times; and it is in print, and open to all who will read. Those who will not read or heed what I have already publicly said would not read or heed a repetition of it. “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.”

Yours truly,


Update note:  This Abraham Lincoln letter was also posted today on The American Civil War blog at

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