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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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