On Wednesday, August 8, 1860, the Illinois Republicans hold an immense rally to celebrate Lincoln’s nomination in Springfield. Thousands of people attend and a giant morning procession passes Lincoln’s residence which he reviews from his doorway. In afternoon there is speaking from five stands at fair grounds. Lincoln appears makes an appearance at the rally and gives the following message:
My Fellow Citizens:—I appear among you upon this occasion with no intention of making a speech.
It has been my purpose, since I have been placed in my present position, to make no speeches. This assemblage having been drawn together at the place of my residence, it appeared to be the wish of those constituting this vast assembly to see me; and it is certainly my wish to see all of you. I appear upon the ground here at this time only for the purpose of affording myself the best opportunity of seeing you, and enabling you to see me.
I confess with gratitude, be it understood, that I did not suppose my appearance among you would create the tumult which I now witness. I am profoundly gratified for this manifestation of your feelings. I am gratified, because it is a tribute such as can be paid to no man as a man. It is the evidence that four years from this time you will give a like manifestation to the next man who is the representative of the truth on the questions that now agitate the public. And it is because you will then fight for this cause as you do now, or with even greater ardor than now, though I be dead and gone. I most profoundly and sincerely thank you.
Having said this much, allow me now to say that it is my wish that you will hear this public discussion by others of our friends who are present for the purpose of addressing you, and that you will kindly let me be silent.