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January-February 1860

From The Missouri Democrat, Wednesday, March 2, 1860.

LINCOLN IN NEW YORK.-The New York Tribune says that the speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, at the Cooper Institute in New York city, on the evening of the 27th ult., was one of the happiest and most convincing political arguments ever made in that city, and was addressed to a crowded and most appreciative audience.

Since the days of Clay and Webster, no man has spoken to a larger assemblage of the intellect and mental culture of our city. Mr. Lincoln is on of nature's orators, using his rare powers solely and effectively to elucidate and to convince, though their inevitable effect is to delight and electrify as well. We present herewith a very full and accurate report of this speech; yet the tones, the gestures, the kindling eye and the mirth-provoking look, defy the reporter's skill. The vast assemblage frequently rang with cheers and shouts of applause, which were prolonged and intensified at the close. No man ever made such an impression on his first appeal to a New York audience.

Mr. Lincoln speaks for the Republican cause to-night, at Providence, R. I., and it is hoped that he will find time to speak once or more in Connecticut, before he sets his face homeward.

We shall soon issue his speech of last night in pamphlet form, for cheap circulation.

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