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599. Wendell Phillips to William H. Herndon.


Dear Sir

I said Lincoln voluntarily added to the domain of the Slave Act of '50 territory which had inadvertently been omitted — (I believe that Terr'y was the D.C.) — & on that account I called him "the Slave Hound of Illinois" — [Gay?] tried to wriddle their candidate out of the "sin —

I never charged A.L. with insincerity hypocracy or that sort of thing — Said that, heedlessly for party ends — to conciliate &c.&c. he volunteered to extend that odious fraud

W. Phillips

I think now exactly as I did then — A.L. had merits but he had spots & large ones on his disk.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3965



1. This is a copy of the original letter provided by F. M. Bristol, who bought the original from WHH.