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FACSIMILE OF A MANUSCRIPT WRITTEN BY ABRAHAM

LINCOLN IN DECEMBER,

1859, GIVING A BRIEF

ACCOUNT OF HIS EARLY LIFE.

This document was written at the request of the late Mr. Jesse W. Fell, with a view to its incorporation in a memoir to be used in the political campaign of 1860.

COPYRIGHT, 1872, BY JESSE W. FELL.

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CHAPTER IX

FACING THE STORM

From his election to his inauguration Lincoln was compelled to watch the end of Buchanan's government proceed on a course the opposite of the one he deemed wise. His election was the signal for a secession movement throughout the South. Never before had the territory of the country been so open to slavery; but the leaders knew that an election which meant no further yielding struck also the final doom of their institution, and they were determined to found a slave empire while they could, peaceably if possible, forcibly if necessary. It was the only time in the history of the Republic that a President had been chosen by one of the two hostile sections alone. Lincoln and Douglas had divided almost the entire vote of the North, Breckenridge and Bell almost the whole of the South, and for the first time since the nation was founded the President had received no electoral vote from a slave state. In this situation the secession leaders saw that the hour had come. The mass of the slave owners

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