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Muzzle Loading Rifle To William Kellogg

“The tug has to come & better now than later.” In the critical period between the election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861, President-elect Lincoln advised a number of politicians on how to deal with the issues of slavery and secession. In this letter marked “Private& Confidential” to Illinois Congressman William Kellogg, Lincoln advises him to “Entertain no proposition for a compromise in regard to the extension of slavery.”