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Saturday, February 28, 1857.+-

Chicago, IL.

In Chicago's Metropolitan Hall, Lincoln speaks to Republicans, who gather to endorse a slate of "municipal officers." Lincoln's speech notes indicate that he stresses party unity. He writes, "We were without party history, party pride, or party idols. We were a collection of individuals, but recently in political hostility, one to another; and thus subject to all that distrust, and suspicion, and jealousy could do. . . . Let minor differences, and personal preferences, if there be such; go to the winds." Daily Democratic Press (Chicago, IL), 2 March 1857, 3:3; Notes for Speech at Chicago, Illinois, 28 February 1857, CW, 2:390-91.