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.