Lincoln Correspondent

Lincoln Correspondent (HM13VS)

Location: Quincy, IL 62301 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 55.982', W 91° 24.511'

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"The points you propose to press upon Douglas, he will be very hard to get up to" ):Lincoln letter to Henry Asbury, 1858). Originally a Kentucky Whig, Henry Asbury was one of the founders of the Republican Party in Illinois along with Abraham Jonas, Archibald Williams, Nehemiah Bushnell, O.H. Browning, and Abraham Lincoln, with whom he was a frequent correspondent. Asbury is credited with framing for Lincoln the four questions posed to Stephen A. Douglas at Freeport during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Asbury believed his most important question was: "Can the people of a United States territory in any lawful way against the wish of any citizen of the United States exclude Slavery from its limits prior to the formation of a state constitution?" During a meeting with Quincy Republican leaders and Horace Greeley in December 1858, Asbury suggested Lincoln as a presidential candidate. As President, Lincoln demonstrated high regard for him by having Jonas and Asbury judge a man arrested for disloyalty. Lincoln also appointed Asbury as Provost-Marshall of the Quincy Military District.

"...a thicket of hazel brush" described Quincy when Henry Asbury arrived in 1834. Asbury studied law with O.H. Browning and became a law partner with Abraham Jonas. He was elected a justice of the peace and was appointed Register of the Quincy Land Office in 1849 by President Taylor. Asbury wrote Asbury's Justice, a method of procedure for justice courts, and Reminiscences of Quincy, Illinois.

Lincoln's political strategy was strengthened by the questions Asbury framed for Lincoln to ask Douglas during their Freeport Debate. It was reported that many Republican leaders came to Lincoln the night before the speech and urged him not to put the interrogatories to Douglas, saying, "If you do you can never be senator." "Gentlemen," replied Lincoln, "I am killing larger game; if Douglas answers, he can never be president, and the battle of 1860 is worth a hundred of this." Asbury was proud of his connection with that incident and believed he contributed greatly to the election of President Lincoln. He also prized highly his correspondence with Lincoln. Lincoln valued this association as well, writing in 1860, "It is a little curious, and not wholy (sic) uninteresting to look over those old letters of yours and mine."

HM NumberHM13VS
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 635984 N 4421537
Decimal Degrees39.93303333, -91.40851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 55.982', W 91° 24.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 55' 58.92" N, 91° 24' 30.66" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 N 5th St, Quincy IL 62301, US
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