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The most gratifying feature of it all was the hearty support of his neighbors at New Salem.
Of the entire 208 votes in the precinct he received every one save three.
It may not be amiss to explain the cause of this remarkable endorsement of Lincoln by the voters in New Salem.
It arose chiefly from his advocacy of the improvement of the Sangamon river.
He proposed the digging of a canal a few miles east of the point where the Sangamon enters the Illinois river, thereby giving the former two mouths.
This, he explained to the farmers, would prevent the accumulation of back-water and consequent overflow of their rich alluvial bottom lands in the spring.
It would also avert the sickness and evil results of stagnant pools, which formed in low places after the high waters receded.
His scheme -that is the name by which it would be known to-day — commended itself to the judgment of his neighbors, and the flattering vote he received shows how they e
rt and sweet, like the old woman's dance.
I am in favor of a national bank.
I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff.
These are my sentiments and political principles.
If elected I shall be thankful; if not it will be all the same.
I obtained this speech from A. Y. Ellis, who in 1865 wrote it out. Ellis was his friend and supporter, and took no little interest in his canvass.
I accompanied him, he relates, on one of his electioneering trips to Island Grove, and he made a speech which pleased his party friends very well indeed, though some of the Jackson men tried to make sport of it. He told several anecdotes, and applied them, as I thought, very well.
He also told the boys several stories which drew them after him. I remember them, but modesty and my veneration for his memory forbid me to relate them.
His story-telling propensity, and the striking fitness of his yarns — many of them being of the bar-room order — in illustrating public q