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Chapter 7.

  • Repeal of the Missouri Compromise
  • -- State Fair debate -- Peoria debate -- Trumbull elected -- letter to Robinson -- the know -- Nothings -- Decatur meeting -- Bloomington convention -- Philadelphia conventions -- Lincoln's vote for Vice -- President -- Fremont and Dayton -- Lincoln's campaign speeches -- Chicago banquet speech
    After the expiration of his term in Congress Mr.

    Lincoln applied himself with unremitting assiduity to the practice of law, which the growth of the State in population, and the widening of his acquaintanceship, no less than his own growth in experience and legal acumen, rendered ever more important and absorbing.

    “In 1854,” he writes, “his profession had almost superseded the thought of politics in his mind, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused him as he had never been before.”

    Not alone Mr. Lincoln, but, indeed, the whole nation, was so aroused — the Democratic party, and nearly the entire South, to force the passage of that repeal through Congress, and an alarmed majority, including even a considerable minority of the Democratic party in the North, to resist its passage.

    Mr. Lincoln, of course, shared the general indignation of Northern sentiment that the whole of the remaining Louisiana Territory, out of which six States, and the greater part of two more, have since been

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