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" ... a specious and fantastic arrangement of words, by which a man can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse. I will say here, while upon this subject, that I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery... "
Great Debates in American History: State rights (1798-1861); slavery (1858-1861) - Page 128
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The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas - History - 1991 - 474 pages
...institution of slavery or the black race, and this is the whole of it; and anything that argues me into his idea of perfect social and political equality with the negro is but a specious and fantastical arrangement of words by which a man can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse....
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Landmark Essays on Rhetorical Criticism

Thomas W. Benson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1993 - 272 pages
...prescribed by the Constitution of the United States. . . ." Again, he observes, "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists"; "I now reiterate these sentiments"; "I take the official oath to-day, with no mental reservations"; "You...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths

Stephen B. Oates - Biography & Autobiography - 2009 - 240 pages
...Therefore any attempt to twist his views into a call for perfect political and social equality was "but a specious and fantastic arrangement of words by which a man can prove a horse chestnut to be a chestnut horse." We shall probably never know whether Lincoln was voicing his...
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Lincoln

David Herbert Donald - Biography & Autobiography - 1996 - 724 pages
...worn cliches of humor, calling Douglas's misrepresentations of his views on race an example of that "specious and fantastic arrangement of words, by which...can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse." He lapsed into legal language that must have been all but incomprehensible to his audience. Because...
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Of the People, by the People, for the People and Other Quotations from ...

Abraham Lincoln, Peter C. Vermilyea, G. S. Boritt, Jakob B. Boritt, Deborah R. Huso - History - 1996 - 208 pages
...University Press (1953, 1990). President Folk's explanation for the coming of the War with Mexico. A specious and fantastic arrangement of words, by which a man can prove a horse chestnut to be a chestnut horse. "First Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Ottawa, Illinois,"...
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The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton ...

Stephen Skowronek - History - 1997 - 592 pages
...inaugural by repeating his assurances on the question of slavery in the South. "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution...exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and have no inclination to do so." The South ignored him and the war came.38 July 1862. Lincoln implored...
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When the Bells Tolled for Lincoln: Southern Reaction to the Assassination

Carolyn Lawton Harrell - Political Science - 1997 - 136 pages
...office, he delivered his inaugural address while standing on the steps of the Capitol. I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution...in the states where it exists. I believe I have no right to do so. I now reiterate these sentiments . . . and in doing so I only press upon the public...
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The Approaching Fury

Stephen B. Oates - History - 2009 - 522 pages
...At some point in his speech, talking about niggers, he said that "anything that argues me into his idea of perfect social and political equality with...fantastic arrangement of words, by which a man can prove a horse chestnut to be a chestnut horse." But it was Lincoln, on this conspiracy business, who was trying...
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Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary

Jeffrey Weidman, Oberlin College. Library - Art - 2000 - 1096 pages
...on March 4, included an assurance taken from one of his previous speeches that he had "no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution...it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so,"said Lincoln, "and I have no inclination to do so." Daily National Intelligencer, Mar. 5, 1861....
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The Civil War Years: Canada and the United States

Robin W. Winks - History - 1998 - 460 pages
...The Secretary of State was adept at what Lincoln called "the horse-chestnut style of argument" — "a specious and fantastic arrangement of words, by...can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse." 2 Seward 1 FO 5, 827: April, 1862; London Canadian News, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, 1862; Montreal Gazette,...
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