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Liked reporting on famous 'Lost Speech'

Liked reporting on famous 'Lost Speech'

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I take pen in hand to note the evidential recognition of writing "Lost Speech" by Scott Richardson in today's (May 21) issue.

It was well written in the logic of the 1850s per Mr. Lincoln's speech in Bloomington on May 29, 1856. Further indicative of his thinking that slavery containment and/or forces of the free market with immigrants clamor for work would spell its demise in time.

Indeed, many a Northerner - such as my great-grandfather, Augustus Bert Fairfield, who enlisted in the 55th Illinois Volunteers, 1861-1865 - did so with the primary belief the Union must be preserved.

Thus, in closing it may be said I had an interest in "Mr. Lincoln standing in Bloomington again" and am most sincere in lauding the writing of Mr. Richardson.

V.L. Fairfield

Rural Bloomington


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