Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Nathan Sargent, 1859

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-18651859-06-23

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

This 1859 letter to Nathan Sargent, a fellow member of the emerging Republican Party, lays out Abraham Lincoln's rapidly crystallizing views on the question of extending slavery to new states. Lincoln foresees a proposed moderation in the Republican platform--allowing the spread of slavery unhindered--as working against the Party's chances in the North in the upcoming 1860 presidential election.


  • Title: Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Nathan Sargent, 1859
  • Creator: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  • Date Created: 1859-06-23
  • Location: United States, Illinois, Springfield
  • Subject Keywords: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Sargent, Nathan, 1794-1875, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Antislavery movements, Political campaigns, Political platforms, Presidential elections, United States presidents, Letters (Correspondence)
  • Type: Documents
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Letter (Correspondence)
  • Object ID: 53.45.1
  • Image ID: THF118472
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Ford Family

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