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When Abraham Lincoln was an unknown... "Claim for a Slave", votes "nay"...

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January 20, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1849  

* Early in Abraham Lincoln's political career
* Slavery related U.S. Congress vote "nay"

Page 3 has much reporting from the "House of Representatives" which includes 2 mentions of when Abraham Lincoln voted on two topics. On a debate headed "Claim For A Slave" his name appears under the "Nays", and on another bill being considered his name appears again under the "Nays".
This was Abraham Lincoln when he was serving just two years as a Representative from Illinois. In 1846 Lincoln ran for the United States House of Representatives and won. While in Washington he became known for his opposition to the Mexican War and to slavery. He served only one term, from March, 1847 thru March, 1849, so Congressional reports with mention of Abraham Lincoln are quite scarce. Lincoln returned home after his term and resumed his law practice.
Quite rare to find period mentions of Lincoln--albeit rather inconspicuous--from long before he would become a national figure. He was just 40 years old at the time.
Page 3 has a report: "Suffering In California" which is a letter noting in part: "Would it not be well to caution those going to California in regard to taking a full supply of provisions with them?... A state of distress & suffering prevails here such as the world probably never before saw. People were so eager to get gold that they only thought how to get here..." with more. 
Four pages, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War