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63Ibid. 64Tilley, 65Potter, Lincoln Takes Command, pp. 197–99. Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis, p. 361. 66Ibid. 67Tilley, Lincoln Takes Command, p. 197. 68 There is little evidence of this and overwhelming evidence that other factors caused the change. There had been speculation for some time in the Northern press that the Morrill Tariff might create a problem for the North if the South adopted a low tariff position. A good example is the NewHaven Daily Register, which editorialized on February 11, 1861, that: There never was a more ill-timed, injudicious and destructive measure proposed, (so far as northern interests are concerned) than the Morrill tariff bill, now pending before Congress.

We agreed that it was Lincoln’s 34Charles W. Ramsdell, “Lincoln and Fort Sumter,” The Journal of Southern History 3 (Southern Historical Association, February–November, 1937): 264. : Easton Press, 1970), pp. 177–78; emphasis added. 36Tilley, Lincoln Takes Command, p. 163. 47 A CENTURY OF WAR: LINCOLN, WILSON, AND ROOSEVELT purpose at once to attempt the collection of the revenue, to reenforce and hold Forts Sumter and Pickens, and to retake the other places. We believe that these plans will be put into execution immediately.

Pp. 163–64; emphasis added. Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis, p. 322. 39Ramsdell, “Lincoln and Fort Sumter,” p. 264. 38Potter, 48 ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE FIRST SHOT no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind . . ”40 President Lincoln refused to see the commissioners, refused to negotiate any peace terms, and, furthermore, refused to recognize the Confederate government. In regard to Fort Sumter, he continued to deal only with Governor Pickens of South Carolina. S. Supreme Court justices to Secretary of State Seward, who led them to believe that he spoke for the Lincoln administration.

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