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42. ), Lincoln Day by Day, II, 273-75. 34 LINCOLN'S "LITTLE ENGINE" Following his arrival in New York, he was accepted as a celebrity, with supporters vying for his attention and prominent leaders entertaining him. No longer in the shadow of Douglas, Abraham Lincoln had become an important force in his party, with a greater part yet to come. The stump speaker who had perfected his rhetorical skills at crossroads and in rural villages of the West had demonstrated that even before sophisticated eastern listeners he could make a powerful speech.
And we sat down together. In a somewhat high-pitched but pleasant voice. . [he] talked in so simple and familiar a strain, and his manner and homely phrase were so absolutely free from any semblance of self-consciousness or pretension of superiority, that I soon felt as if I had known him all my life, and we had very long been close friends. 23 When a candidate arrived in town, a local delegation welcomed him with fanfare and enthusiasm, and a procession marched with the orator and his party to a local hotel where other supporters waited to greet him.
4 In the canvass Lincoln had good reason for standing firm on what he had previously said. He was aware that he had won the nomination because he was not an extremist and that his conservatism represented 4. , 1953), IV 80, 91, 93, BO. 38 "KINDLY LET ME BE SILENT" a middle ground within a wide spectrum of opinions, including those of abolitionists, German-Americans, and former Whigs and KnowNothings. In spite of attempts to pull him off center, he kept as his main appeal his opposition to the extension of slavery in the territories.