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You enquire where I now stand. That is a disputed point. I think I am a whig; but others say there are no whigs, and that I am an abolitionist. When I was at Washington I voted for the Wilmot Proviso as good as forty times, and I never heard of any one attempting to unwhig me for that. I now do more than oppose the extension of slavery. I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be take pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy. Abraham Lincoln

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You

enquire

where

I

now

stand



That

is

a

disputed

point



I

think

I

am

a

whig



but

others

say

there

are

no

whigs



and

that

I

am

an

abolitionist



When

I

was

at

Washington

I

voted

for

the

Wilmot

Proviso

as

good

as

forty

times



and

I

never

heard

of

any

one

attempting

to

unwhig

me

for

that



I

now

do

more

than

oppose

the

extension

of

slavery

I

am

not

a

Know

Nothing



That

is

certain



How

could

I

be



How

can

any

one

who

abhors

the

oppression

of

negroes



be

in

favor

of

degrading

classes

of

white

people



Our

progress

in

degeneracy

appears

to

me

to

be

pretty

rapid



As

a

nation



we

began

by

declaring

that

"all

men

are

created

equal

"

We

now

practically

read

it

"all

men

are

created

equal



except

negroes

"

When

the

Know

Nothings

get

control



it

will

read

"all

men

are

created

equal



except

negroes



and

foreigners



and

catholics

"

When

it

comes

to

this

I

should

prefer

emigrating

to

some

country

where

they

make

no

pretence

of

loving

liberty



to

Russia



for

instance



where

despotism

can

be

take

pure



and

without

the

base

alloy

of

hypocracy



Abraham

Lincoln



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