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Saturday, August 26, 1854.+-

Winchester, IL.

Lincoln addresses a Whig Party convention. A newspaper reports, "His subject was the one which is uppermost in the minds of the peopleā€”the Nebraska-Kansas bill; and the ingenious, logical, and at the same time fair and candid manner, in which he exhibited the great wrong and injustice of the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the extension of slavery into free territory, deserves and has received the warmest commendation of every friend of freedom . . . His . . . masterly effort . . . was replete with unanswerable arguments, which must and will effectually tell at the coming election." Illinois Daily Journal, 2 September 1854, 2:2; Speech at Winchester, Illinois, 26 August 1854, CW, 2:226-27.

This is Lincoln's first speech on Kansas-Nebraska Act.