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Even closer to Mill is Lincoln’s account in a late 1859 speech at Cincinnati of the true popular sovereignty, conceived of as individual liberty. ” 29 This definition is remarkably similar to the following passage from On Liberty: The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. 30 On Liberty had been published several months earlier in the same year, so it is possible that Lincoln had seen the work, or a review of it, before writing his speech.
18 Such reactions, and, perhaps, Mill’s concern over the implications of the associationist psychology his father followed in trying to shape him, seem to have 34 David A. Nordquest prompted Mill to wonder whether he was an authentic individual and, thereby, free. In 1829, he wrote John Sterling of his fear that in all his interactions he might merely be manipulating others for the achievement of his own ends. 19 Such concerns, likely derived from reflections on his father’s attempts to shape him, appear to have led Mill to seek out an area of experience free from any manipulation.
Mill had a similar view of self-development. In his view, desires and impulses were the raw materials of human nature, raw materials which required cultivation and development. If one failed to develop them and thus to act from one’s own nature, that nature would wither and the individual would cease to have a nature from which to act. 38 Thus, people lost any real freedom through a lack of self-development but, in turn, increased it by developing themselves. For Lincoln, the possibility of freedom in one’s life and work depended largely on the relation of labor to capital, a relation he learned about from Mill and others.