And it is from the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Stephen Douglas was arguing for “Popular Sovereignty”, where he argued that the new territories could ignore the Dredd Scott case, because they would be acting as independently of the Federal Government.
To say that Lincoln thought that this was weak tea is an understatement, because of the sweeping nature of the Supreme Court decision:
Has it not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?
Imagine that. People were making fun of homeopathy 170 years ago.