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37 Before leaving for New York on February 23, Lincoln bought a new suit in order to please his wife and make a good impression. He thought that he was going east to deliver a lecture for two hundred dollars at Beecher's Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, and only after his arrival on February 25 did he learn that the sponsorship had been transferred to the Young Men's Central Republican Union and the place shifted to Cooper Union. 38 37. ), Collected W>rfcs, II, 465, 539; Herndon and Weik, Life of Lincoln, 367-68.
36. Charles Arthur Hawley, "Lincoln in Kansas," Illinois State Historical Journal, XLII 179-92. ), Collected Ww*s, HI, 484. , Ill, 511-12. 31 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER Cooper Union. Lincoln's political rhetoric reached its summit when he spoke at Cooper Union in New York City on February 27. At that time there could be little doubt about his "little engine," for he went east to impress eastern Republicans. " For six years he had hammered away at his distinguished adversary, and out on the road he had conceived, developed, tested, and refined his arguments, a process clearly shown in his printed speeches.
They addressed him in the most familiar style: "Hello, Abe! " and so on. And he responded in the same manner: "Good-evening, Ben! How are you, Joe? " and there was much laughter at some things he said, which, in the confusion of voices, I could not understand. " He pressed through the crowd and introduced me to Abraham Lincoln, whom I then saw for the first time. . He received me with an off-hand cordiality, like an old acquaintance . . and we sat down together. In a somewhat high-pitched but pleasant voice.
Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker by Waldo W. Braden