Abraham Lincoln Speech Vertical File Manuscript, 1859-1860 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Manuscript of the Lecture on "Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements," delivered by Abraham Lincoln (Published in John George Nicolay and John Hay (eds.), Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln (1894), Vol. 5, 109-10); 14 pages
On April 6, 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his first lecture on "Discoveries and Inventions" before the Young Men's Association of Bloomington, Illinois. In 1859 he delivered it at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois and at the Springfield Library Association in February 1860 in Springfield, Illinois. He repeated the lecture in Decatur and Pontiac.