>There is evidence in Herndon's recollections that the fact that the speech was "lost" may not have been an accident. So strongly worded was Lincoln's oration that others in attendance feared the words might lead to a crumbling of the Union and that Lincoln consented to suspending "its repetition" for the duration of the 1856 campaign.
This is just a tribute
That's why there's no record of any of my speeches.
“feared the words might lead to a crumbling of the Union and that Lincoln consented to suspending "its repetition" for the duration of the 1856 campaign.”
I wish he just repeated it once the Union did split.
Not totally on topic, but that scene in Lincoln when Daniel Day Lewis is at the table with his cabinet going through the laws and telling stories, is one of the best pieces of acting I have ever seen. I love how he brushes the pencil shavings, the back and forth, the mannerisms, the voice. I don't know how actors make people come alive like that, but as a Lincoln fan it was so great. Wouldn't surprise me if this speech was lost on purpose like they describe. He could argue, that guy
ALL of them stopped taking notes? Doubtful, it's much more likely it was simply discarded for being too controversial.