Friday, February 25, 2011


I hope I am over wary; 
but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. 

I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; 
the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; 
and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice. 

This disposition is awfully fearful in any community; 
and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, 
it would be a violation of truth, and an insult to our intelligence, to deny.

  - Abraham Lincoln,
in Springfield, Illinois.

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