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Lincoln's "Lost Speech" (May 29, 1856)
Lincoln gave a 90 minute speech at Illinois' First Republican Convention in Bloomington, Illinois. The text of the speech has been lost, but many recollected accounts give an idea that the speech was remarkably anti-slavery.
"I have heard or read all of Mr. Lincoln's great speeches; and I give it as my opinion that the Bloomington speech was the grand effort of his life," remembered Lincoln's law partner William Herndon, who was in the audience that night.
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