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36 34. (1949), 35. 36. Charles Arthur Hawley, "Lincoln in Kansas," Illinois State Historical Journal, XLII 179-92. ), Collected Ww*s, HI, 484. , Ill, 511-12. 31 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER Cooper Union. Lincoln's political rhetoric reached its summit when he spoke at Cooper Union in New York City on February 27. At that time there could be little doubt about his "little engine," for he went east to impress eastern Republicans. " For six years he had hammered away at his distinguished adversary, and out on the road he had conceived, developed, tested, and refined his arguments, a process clearly shown in his printed speeches.
It gave me a hearing on the great and durable question of the age, which I could have had in no other way; and though I now sink out of view, and shall be forgotten, I believe I have made some marks which will tell for the cause of civil liberty long after I am gone. " 1859 His loss to Douglas left Lincoln for a time in a political void, unsure what to do next. What was his "little engine" doing? He could not very well contest in 1860 the Senate seat of his ally, Lyman Trumbull, and 26. Schurz, "Reminiscences," 253.
14 Putting his law practice on hold, Lincoln spared no effort to win, devoting all of his time and resources to stumping. On the basis of a detailed, county-by-county analysis of the 1856 voting, it is evident that he concentrated much more than previously on key counties in central Illinois. By November, he had spoken in thirty-nine of Illinois' one hundred counties (Douglas had appeared in fifty-seven). "16 When Douglas appeared at the Tremont House in Chicago on July 9, Lincoln was there to listen and to reply the following night.