Did Abraham Lincoln Ever Say “Bill of Rights?”

120px-Lincoln_statueFor those of you who are Lincoln scholars, I have a question.  Did Lincoln ever refer to the first ten constitutional amendments as the Bill of Rights?  I know that he did not do so as President, as I’ve checked, but what about before that?  (In the Lincoln/Douglas debates, private letters, his one term in Congress, etc.)  I think we are near the point where all of Lincoln’s known writings are scanned and searchable, but I’m not sure if that is foolproof.

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5 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Lincoln references the first 10 amendments in his Cooper Union speech, but does not use the term “BOR.”

    I checked here — http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/ — which provides a search function and no “Bill of Rights” citation arises. Don’t know how comprehensive that collection is.

  2. Gerard Magliocca says:

    Thanks Joe. I will take a look at the Cooper Union speech.

  3. Joe says:

    N/p — perhaps, an actual Lincoln scholar can help you further

  4. Scott Neuman says:

    I wonder if he was aware the Congressional Apportionment Amendment was ratified and did he hide that info from the Citizens? Boldtruth.com talks about the real first amendment.

  5. Interesting. This is something I never thought of.