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Friday, March 9, 1832.+-

New Salem, IL.

Lincoln writes a campaign platform in an effort to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. He proposes "internal improvements" that would render the "Sangamo river" more navigable. Lincoln supports legislation that would "limit . . . the rates of usury." He declares that "education" is the "most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in." Twenty-three-year-old Lincoln concedes that he is "young and unknown," and he confesses that he desires to be "truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem."Communication to the People of Sangamo County, 9 March 1832, CW, 1:5-9; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 15 March 1832, 2:3-4.