"Whether slavery shall go into Nebraska, or other new territories, is not a matter of exclusive concern to the people who may go there. The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these territories. We want them for the homes of free white people."
Peoria speech on Kansas-Nebraska Act, (October 16, 1854)
I'm always baffled by the need to dig up anything Lincoln may have said which detracts from his legacy. It's not as if, should one of these statements see the light of day, everyone turns in their Lincoln pennies, the Lincoln Memorial shrinks, we re-name the gazillion Lincoln Streets in this country or there's do-over of the entire war based on what a big fraud he must have been.