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Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, Debates of Lincoln and Douglas: Carefully Prepared by the Reporters of Each Party at the times of their Delivery., Speech of Senator Douglas, delivered July 17, 1858, at Springfield, III (Mr. Lincoln was not present.) (search)
embled, a few months after the adoption of these measures, the first thing the members did was to review their action upon this slavery agitation, and to correct the errors into which their predecessors had fallen. You remember that their first act was to repeal the Wilmot Proviso instructions to our U. S. Senators, which had been previously passed, and in lieu of them to record another resolution upon the journal, with which you must all be familiar — a resolution brought forward by Mr. Ninian Edwards, and adopted by the House of Representatives by a vote of 61 in the affirmative to 4 in the negative. That resolution I can quote to you in almost its precise language. It declared that the great principle of self-government was the birthright of freemen ; was the gift of heaven ; was achieved by the blood of our revolutionary fathers, and must be continued and carried out in the organization of all the Territories and the admission of all new States. That became the Illinois platfo
In the Presidential chair. looking after his friends. settling the claims of David Davis. Swett's letter. the visit of Herndon. the testimony of Mrs. Edwards. letter from and interview with Mrs. Lincoln. a glimpse into the White House. a letter from John Hay. Bancroft's eulogy. Strictures of David Davis. Dennihe carriage to ride to the railroad depot. He grasped me warmly by the hand and bade me a fervent Good-bye. It was the last time I ever saw him alive. Mrs. Ninian Edwards, who, it will be remembered, was the sister of Mrs. Lincoln, some time before her death furnished me an account of her visit to Washington, some of the incire. I don't know why it is so, but I never cared for flowers; I seem to have no taste, natural or acquired, for such things. I induced him one day, continued Mrs. Edwards, to walk to the Park north of the White House. He hadn't been there, he said, for a year. On such occasions, when alone or in the company of a close friend,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), A. B. Plot. (search)
A. B. Plot. On April 19, 1824, Ninian Edwards, a former United States Senator from Illinois, presented an address to the Congress, preferring charges against William H. Crawford, then Secretary of the Treasury and a candidate for the Presidency. The address was accompanied by letters, reflecting on the integrity of Secretaryrges, and on May 25 the committee submitted a report exonerating Secretary Crawford. While on his way to Mexico, to which he had been sent on a public mission, Mr. Edwards acknowledged the authorship of the letters and also made new accusations against Secretary Crawford. After the committee had exonerated the Secretary, Mr. Edwao, to which he had been sent on a public mission, Mr. Edwards acknowledged the authorship of the letters and also made new accusations against Secretary Crawford. After the committee had exonerated the Secretary, Mr. Edwards was recalled to substantiate his charges, but failed to do so. This episode became known as the A. B. Plot.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Edwards, Ninian, 1775-1833 (search)
Edwards, Ninian, 1775-1833 Jurist; born in Montgomery county, Md., in March, 1775. William Wirt directed his early education, which was finished at Dickinson College, and in 1819 he settled in the Green River district of Kentucky. Before he was twenty-one he became a member of the Kentucky legislature; was admitted to the bar in Kentucky in 1798, and to that of Tennessee the next year, and rose very rapidly in his profession. He passed through the offices of circuit judge and judge of appeals to the bench of chief-justice of Kentucky in 1808. The next year he was appointed the first governor of the Territory of Illinois, and retained that office until its organization as a State in 1818. From 1818 till 1824 he was United States Senator, and from 1826 to 1830 governor of the State. He did much, by promptness and activity, to restrain Indian hostilities in the Illinois region during the War of 1812. He died in Belleville, Ill., July 20, 1833.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Illinois. (search)
nel Russell, composed of two small companies of United States regulars, with a small body of mounted militia under Gov. Ninian Edwards (who assumed the chief command), in all 400 men, penetrated deeply into the Indian country, but, hearing nothing opulation in 1890 was 3,826,351; in 1900, 4,821,550. See United States, Illinois, vol. IX. Territorial Governor. Ninian EdwardscommissionedApril 24, 1809 State governors. Shadrach Bondassumes office1818 Edward Coles1822 Ninian Edwards1826 Ninian Edwards1826 John Reynolds1830 William L. D. Ewingacting1834 Joseph Duncanassumes office1834 Thomas Carlin1838 Thomas Ford1842 Augustus C. French1846 Joel A. Matteson1853 William H. Bissell1857 John WoodactingMarch 18, 1860 Richard Yatesassumes officeJa893 John R. TannerJanuary, 1897 Richard YatesJanuary, 1901 United States Senators. Name.No. of Congress.Date. Ninian Edwards15th to 18th1818 to 1824 Jesse B. Thomas15th to 19th1818 to 1826 John McLean18th to 20th1824 to 1830 Elias Kent Kan
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Michigan, (search)
Harrison took steps early to relieve the frontier posts—Fort Harrison, on the Wabash; Fort Wayne, at the head of the Maumee; Fort Defiance, at the junction of the Auglaize and Maumee; and Fort Deposit. At Vincennes General Hopkins had assembled about 4,000 mounted Kentucky militia to chastise the Indians on the borders of Illinois. They penetrated the Indian country beyond the Wabash; but, becoming alarmed, returned to Vincennes, and left the honors of the campaign to be gathered by Ninian Edwards, governor of the Territory of Illinois, who had advanced up the Illinois River with about 400 men to co-operate with Hopkins. He succeeded in destroying several Indian villages above Peoria. Harrison, meanwhile, was busily employed in pushing forward provisions to forts towards the lake, whence his troops were to march for concentration at the rapids of the Maumee, where another depot was to be established. It was a miserable country to pass over —swampy, wooded, and made almost imp
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
supported the bill, while Webster opposed it.] Congress by resolution offers the Marquis de Lafayette a ship to bring him to the United States, approved......Feb. 4, 1824 Act to survey routes for canals and roads......February, 1824 Ninian Edwards presents an address to the House bringing charges against Secretary Crawford. This is known as the A. B. Plot......April 19, 1824 Tariff bill approved......May 22, 1824 [37 per cent. was the average rate of duty.] Report of committee exonerating Secretary Crawford from the charges of Mr. Edwards......May 25, 1824 First session adjourns......May 27, 1824 Lafayette, with his son, arrives at New York......Aug. 15, 1824 Tenth Presidential election......Nov. 9, 1824 Second session convenes......Dec. 6, 1824 Lafayette welcomed to the House of Representatives, in an address by the speaker, Mr. Clay......Dec. 10, 1824 Congress (the House by 166 to 26, the Senate unanimously) votes to Lafayette $200,000 and a tow
Chicago......1804 By the treaty of St. Louis, Nov. 3, 1804, the united Sac and Fox Indians cede to the United States land on both sides of the Mississippi River, extending on the east from the mouth of the Illinois to its head and thence to the Wisconsin......Nov. 3, 1804 Piankeshaw Indians cede to the United States 2,616,921 acres west of the Wabash, opposite Vincennes......Dec. 30, 1805 Territory of Illinois created with Kaskaskia as the seat of government......Feb. 3, 1809 Ninian Edwards commissioned governor by Madison......April 24, 1809 Mail route established by law from Vincennes to St. Louis, via Kaskaskia, Prairie du Rocher, and Cahokia......1810 Illinois raised to second grade of territorial government......May 21, 1812 Owing to Indian murders and outrages a cordon of forts and block-houses is erected in Illinois; the most noted is Fort Russel, near Edwardsville......1812 Garrison of Fort Dearborn, by order of General Hull, Aug. 7, 1812, though reinfor