Abraham Lincoln.

The writings of Abraham Lincoln online

. (page 1 of 29)
Online LibraryAbraham LincolnThe writings of Abraham Lincoln → online text (page 1 of 29)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


lO' sL*^













^^-n^.
























v*^






'A,'



FEDERAL EDITION
Limited to 1000 signed and numbered sets.



The Collector's Federal Edition of the Writings of
Abraham Lincoln is limited to six hundred signed
and numbered sets, of which this is



jALu^Jd;



Number.

We guarantee that no limited, numbered edition,
other than the Federal, shall be printed from these
plates.

The written number must correspond with the
perforated number at the top of this page.




Abraham Lincoln

From the portrait by Marshall



Abr^Kam filncoln




3\tt>txvi\ (§>^xixi>n



The Writings of

Abraham Lincoln



Edited by

Arthur Brooks Lapsley

With an* Introduction by

Theodore Roosevelt



Together with

The Essay on Lincoln, by Carl Schurz

The Address on Lincoln, by Joseph H. Choate

and The Life of Lincoln, by Noah Brooks



Volume Five
1858-1862



G. P. Putnam's Sons

New York and London
Ubc f!nict;erbocI;ec press
1906






LIBRARY of CONGRESS
Two Conies Received
JUN 1 1906

r\ CoDyrium Entry j
CLASS J€L\m. No.
COPY B. •



Copyright by
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS
1906



TTbe ftnfclierboclier press, f^ew ffarft



PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

In addition to the publications of which mention
was made in the Editor's Note, the following works
have been utilzied in the preparation of Volumes V.,
VI., and VII. of this set:

The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events^
edited by Frank Moore.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
[0. R. A.]

Official Records of the Union and Confederate
Navies in the War of the Rebellion.

Messages and Papers of the Presidents, compiled
by J. D. Richardson.

The "Townsend Library," a collection of news-
paper clippings in the Library of Columbia Uni-
versity.

Life on the Circuit with Lincoln, by Henry C.
Whitney.

Abraham Lincoln, the Man of the People, by
Norman Hapgood.

Abraham Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life,
by William H. Hemdon and Jesse W. Weik.

Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln, by Henry
J. Raymond.

Abraham Lincoln's Pen and Voice, compiled by
G. M. Van Buren.

The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Ida M. Tarbell.



iv Publisher's Note

The Life oj Abraham Lincoln, by Joseph H.
Barrett.

The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Isaac N. Arnold.

Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished
Men of his Day, edited by Allen Thorndike Rice.

Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the
Civil War, by James R. Gilmore.

The Life and Times of Hannibal Hamlin, by
Charles E. Hamlin.

Seward at Washington, by Frederic W. Seward.

The Collection of Lincolniana of C. F. Gunther,
Esq.

The Collection of Lincolniana of Major William
A. Lambert.

The Collection of Lincolniana of the Chicago
Historical Society.

The Collection of Lincolniana of the Pennsyl-
vania Historical Society.

The Collection of Lincolniana in the G. A. R.
Memorial Hall, Chicago.

The Files of the New York Herald.

" Times.

" Tribune.

New Haven Palladium.
Norwich Bulletin.
Philadelphia North American.

Certain of the letters and despatches, taken from
the Official Records, have not before been included
among the writings of President Lincoln. These
Official Records, however, form such an important
source of our material that it has not been found
convenient to make the reference in every case.



CONTENTS



1858



To Sydney Spring, Grayville, 111., June 19th

To J, W. Somers, June 25th

To A. Campbell, June 28th

To J. Gillespie, July i6th .

To John Mathers, Jacksonville, 111., July 20th

To Joseph Gillespie, July 25th .

To B. C. Cook, August 2d . . .

To Hon. J. M. Palmer, August 5th

To Alexander Sympson, August nth .

To J. O. Cunningham, August 2 2d

To Dr. William Fithian, Danville, 111., September 3d

Fragment of Speech at Paris, 111., September 8th

Fragment of Speech at Edwardsville, 111., September

13th ....

To J. U. Brown, October iSth .
To A. Sympson, October 26th .
To N. B. Judd, November i6th
To H. Asbury, November 19th ,
To C. H. Ray, November 20th
To H. D. Sharpe, December 8th
To A. Sympson, December 12th
Notes of an Argument, December [?]

1859

A Legal Opinion by Abraham Lincoln, January 6th

To M. W. Delahay, March 4th .

To W. M. Morris, March 28th ....

To H. L. Pierce and Others, April 6th

To T. Canisius, May 17th ....



PAGE

3
3
4

5
6
6

7
8
8
9
9
10

II

IS
17
17
18

18

19
20
20



21

22

23
24
26



VI



Contents



To the Governor, Auditor, and Treasurer of the State

of Illinois, May 28th .
To S. Galloway, July 28th
To Hawkins Taylor, September 6th .
Speech of Abraham Lincoln, September i6th
Speech of Abraham Lincoln, September 1 7th
To Edward Wallace, October nth
To W. Dungy, November 2d . . .

Fragment of Speech at Leavenworth, Kansas, December
To G. W. Dole, G. S. Hubbard, and W. H. Brown,

December 14th ......

To G. M. Parsons and Others, December 19th .

To J. W. Fell, December 20th

i860

To N. B. Judd, February 9th

Speech at Cooper Institute, New York, February 27th
Speech at New Haven, Connecticut, March 6th

To , March i6th

To J. W. Somers, March 17th .

To C. F. McNeil, April 6th .. .

To H. Taylor, April 21st .

Reply to the Committee Sent by the Chicago Convention

to Inform Lincoln of his Nomination, May 19th
To George Ashmun and Others, May 23d .
To C. B. Smith, May 26th
Form of Reply Prepared by Mr. Lincoln, with which

his Private Secretary was Instructed to Answer a

Numerous Class of Letters in the Campaign of

i860 ....

To S. Haycraft, June 4th .
To G. Ashmun, June 4th
To S. Galloway, June 19th
To Hannibal Hamlin, July i8th
To A. Jonas, July 21st
To John B. Fry, August 15th .
To Thurlow Weed, August 17th



27
30
31
32

73
112

113
113

114
117
117



120

121

178
178

179
180

181

182



183
184
184

185
186
187
188
189



Contents

To Hon. John , August 3 ist

To Hannibal Hamlin, September 4th

To W.-H. Herndon, October loth

To L. M. Bond, October 15th .

To Miss Grace Bedell, October 19th

To D. Hunter, October 26th .

To Hannibal Hamlin, November 8th

To Samuel Haycraft, November 13th

Pvemarks at the Meeting at Springfield, Illinois,

brate Lincoln's Election, November 20th
To Alexander H. Stephens, November 30th
To Hannibal Hamlin, December 8th ,
To E. B. Washbume, December 13th
To Thurlow Weed, December 17th
To E. B. Washburne, December 21st
To A. H. Stephens, December 22d
Memorandum December 2 2d [?]
To D. Hunter, December 2 2d
To I. N. Morris, December 24th
To Hannibal Hamlin, December 24th

1861



to Cele-



vn

Page
190
191
192
192
192

194
194

194

19s
196
197
197
198
199
199
200
200



To William H. Seward, January 3d . . . .200

To William H. Seward, January 12th , . .201

To E. D. Morgan, February 4th . . . .202

To Thurlow Weed, February 4th .... 203

Farewell Address at Springfield, Illinois, February nth 204
Remarks at Tolono, Illinois, February nth . . 204

Reply to Address of Welcome, Indianapolis, Indiana.

February nth ....... 205

Address to the Legislature of Indiana, at Indianapolis,

February 12th ....... 206

Address to the Mayor and Citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio,

February 12th ....... 208

Address to the German Club of Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb-
ruary 12th . . . . . . .210



Vlll



Contents



Address to the Legislature of Ohio at Columbus, Feb-
ruary 13th . . . . . . .212

Address at Steubenville, Ohio, February 14th . . 213

Address at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, February 15th . 214
Address at Cleveland, Ohio, February 15th , . 219

Address at Buffalo, New York, February i6th . . 221

Address at Rochester, New York, February i8th . 223
Address at Syracuse, New York, February i8th . .224

Address at Utica, New York, February 1 8th . . 224

Reply to the Mayor of Albany, New York, February i8th, 225
Reply to Governor Morgan of New York, at Albany,

February i8th ...... 225

Address to the Legislature of New York, at Albany,

February i8th ....... 227

Address at Troy, New York, February 19th . .229

Address at Poughkeepsie, New York, February 19th . 229
Address at Hudson, New York, February 19th . .231

Address at Peekskill, New York, February 19th . .231

Address at Fishkill Landing, February 19th . .232

Remarks at the Astor House, New York City, February

19th 233

Address at New York City, February 19th . . 233

Reply to the Mayor of New York City, February 20th, 235
Address at Jersey City, New Jersey, February 21st . 237
Reply to Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, February 21st 237
Address in Trenton at the Trenton House, February

2ist ......... 238

Address to the Senate of New Jersey, February 21st . 239
Address to the Assembly of New Jersey, February 21st, 240
Reply to the Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

February 21st ....... 242

Address in the Hall of Independence, Philadelphia,

February 2 2d . . . . . . . 244

Reply to the Wilmington Delegation, February 2 2d . 246
Address at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 2 2d . 247
Address to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, at Harris-
burg, February 2 2d . . . . . . 247



Contents ix

PAGE

Reply to the Mayor of Washington, D. C, February 27th, 250
Reply to a Serenade at Washington, D. C, February

28th. ........ 251

Speech at Washington, March 3d . . . .252

First Inaugural Address, March 4th .... 253

To Wm. H. Seward, March 4th .... 267

Reply to the Pennsylvania Delegation, Washington,

March 5th ....... 267

Reply to the Massachusetts Delegation, Washington,

March 5th 268

To Secretary Seward, March 7th .... 269
Reply to the Diplomatic Corps, March 7th . . .270

To Secretary Seward, March nth . . . .271

To J. Collamer, March 12th . . . .271

To the Postmaster-General, March 13th . . .272

Note Asking Cabinet Opinions on Fort Sumter, March

15th . . . . . . . .272

Message to the Senate, March i6th . . . .272

To Secretary Seward, March i8th .... 273

To G. E. Patten, March 19th 274

Message to the Senate, March 26th . . . .275

To the Secretary of War, March 29th . . ,275

To Stuart, March 30th . . . . .276

To the Commandant of the New York Navy- Yard, April

ist ........ . 277

To Lieutenant D. D. Porter, April ist . . .277

Order to Officers of the Army and Navy, April ist . 278
Memorandum from Secretary Seward, April ist . 278

Reply to Secretary Seward's Memorandum, April ist . 280
Reply to a Committee from the Virginia Convention,

April 13th ....... 282

Proclamation Calling for 75,000 Militia, and Convening

Congress in Extra Session, April 15th . . . 284

Proclamation of Blockade, April 19th . . , 286

To Governor Hicks and Mayor Brown, April 20th . 289
To Governor Hicks, April 20th ..... 289
Order to General Scott, April 25th .... 290



X Contents

PAGB

Proclamation of Blockade, April 27th . . .291

Remarks to a Military Company, Washington, April 27tli 292
To General Scott, April 27th . . . . 292

From the Secretary of War to Captain Nathaniel Lyon,

April 30th 293

To Gustavus V. Fox, May ist 294

Proclamation Calling for 42,034 Volunteers, May 3d . 295
To Vice-President Hamlin, May 6th .... 297
Order to Colonel Anderson, May 7th . . . 298

Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus in

Florida, May loth 299

To Secretary Welles, May nth . . . . 300

President Lincoln's Corrections of a Diplomatic Despatch

Written by the Secretary of State to Minister

Adams, May 21st . . . . . . 301

To the Secretary of War, May 21st . . . . 308

To Governor Morgan, May 2 2d . . . . 309

To Captain Dahlgren, May 23d . . . . 309

To Colonel Ellsworth's Parents, May 25th . . . 309

To Colonel Bartlett, May 27th 310

Memorandum about Indiana Regiments, June nth . 311
To the Secretary of War, June 13th . . . -311

To the Secretary of War, June 13th . . . .312

To the Secretary of War, June 17th . . . .312

To the Secretary of War, June 17th . . . .313

To N. W. Edwards, June 19th . . . . .313

To Secretary Cameron, June 20th . . . .314

To the Kentucky Delegation, June 29th . . • 31S

Order Authorizing General Scott to Suspend the Writ of

Habeas Corpus, July 2d . . . . .316

To Secretary Seward, July 3d . . . . .316

Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4th . 317
To the Secretary of the Interior, July 6th . . .340

Message to the House of Representatives, July nth . 340
Message to Congress, July i6th ..... 341
Message to Congress, July 19th . . . .341

To the Adjutant-General, July 19th .... 342



Contents



XI



Memoranda of Military Policy Suggested by the Bull

Run Defeat, July 23 d and 27th .
To the Governor of New Jersey, July 24th .
Message to the House of Representatives, July 25th
Message to the House of Representatives, July 25th
To Secretary Chase, July 26th ....
Message to the Senate, July 27th
Message to the House of Representatives, July 27th
Message to the Senate, July 30th
Message to the Senate, July 30th
Order to United States Marshals, July 31st
Message to the House of Representatives, August 2d
Message to the Senate, August 5th .
To Secretary Cameron, August 7th .
Proclamation of a National Fast-day, August 12th
To James Pollock, August 15 th
Telegram to Governor O. P. Morton, August 15th
Telegram to General Fremont, August 15th
Proclamation Forbidding Intercourse with Rebel States
August 1 6th .....

To Secretary Cameron, August 17th .

To Governor Magoffin, August 24th .

To General Fremont, September 2d .

Telegram to Governors Washburn of Maine, Fairbanks
of Vermont, Berry of New Hampshire, Andrew of
Massachusetts, Buckingham of Connecticut, and
Sprague of Rhode Island, September nth

To General Fremont, September nth

To Joseph Holt, September 1 2th

To General Scott, September i6th

To Secretary Cameron, September i8th

To General Fremont, September 2 2d .

To O. H. Browning, September 2 2d .

Memorandum for a Plan of Campaign, October ist

To the Secretary of State, October 4th

To the Viceroy of Egypt, October nth



342
344
344
345
345
346
346
346
347
347
348
348
349
350
352
352
352

353
356
356
358



359
359
360
360
361
362
362
365
367
368



Xll



Contents



Order Authorizing Suspension of the Writ of Habeas

Corpus, October 14th ....

To Secretary of Interior, October 14th
To Major Ramsey, October 17th
To General Thomas W. Sherman, October i8th .
To General Curtis, with Inclosures, October 24th
Order Retiring General Scott and Appointing General

McClellan his Successor, November ist
Order Approving the Plan of Governor Gamble of Mis

souri, November 5th .....
Reply to the Minister from Sweden, November 8th
Indorsement Authorizing Martial Law in St. Louis

November 20th .....

To Governor Walker, November 21st
Order Authorizing General Halleck to Suspend the Writ

of Habeas Corpus, December 2d .
Annual Message to Congress, December 3d
Message to Congress, December 20th .
To General Hunter, December 31st .
Telegram to General Halleck, December 31st

1862



Telegram to General D. C. Buell, January ist
Telegram to General H. W. Halleck, January ist
To General H. W. Halleck, January ist
To the People of Maryland, January ist .
Message to Congress, January 2d . . .

Telegram to General D. C. Buell, January 4th
To General D. C. Buell, January 6th
Telegram to General Buell, January 7th
Message to Congress, January loth
Indorsement on Letter from General Halleck, January
loth .......

Telegram to Governor Andrew, January nth
To General D. C. Buell, January 13th
To General H. W. Halleck, January 15th .
Message to Congress, January 17th .



Contents xiii

PAGE

To General McClellan, January 20th .... 423
President's General War Order No. i, January 27th . 423
To Secretary Stanton, January 31st . . . .424

President's Special War Order No. i, January 31st . 425
To General G. B. McClellan, February 3d . . -425

To Wm. H. Herndon, February 3d . . . ,427

Respite for Nathaniel Gordon, February 4th . .427

Message to the Senate, February 4th . . . 429

To Generals D. Hunter and J. H. Lane, February loth, 430
Executive Order No. i, Relating to Political Prisoners,

February 14th . . , . . . .431

Message to Congress, February 15th . . . ,434

To General H. W. Halleck, February i6th . . -435

Proclamation Concerning Washington's Birthday, Feb-
ruary 19th ....... 436

Executive Order No. 2. — In Relation to State Prisoners,

February 27th . . . . . . -437

Order Relating to Commercial Intercourse, February

28th 438

Speech to the Peruvian Minister, Washington, D. C,

March 4th 438

Message to Congress Recommending Compensated

Emancipation, March 6th . . . . .439

Indorsement on Letter from Governor Yates, March 8th, 442
President's General War Order No. 2, March 8th . 443
President's General War Order No. 3, March 8th . 445
Memorandum of an Interview between the President and

Some Border Slave-State Representatives, by Hon.

J. W. Crisfield, March loth .... 446

President's Special War Order No. 3, March nth . 453
From Secretary Stanton to General McClellan, March

13th 453

Speech to a Party of Massachusetts Gentlemen, March

13th 454

Message to Congress, March 20th . . . .455
To General G. B. McClellan, March 31st . . . 456
To Michael Crock, April 2d 456



XIV



Contents



Instruction to Secretary Stanton, April 2d .

Telegram to General H. W. Halleck, April 3d

Telegram to General McClellan, April 6th .

To General G. B. McClellan, April gth

To General H. W. Halleck, April 9th

Proclamation Recommending Thanksgiving for Vic

tories, April loth .....
Message to Congress, April i6th ...
Telegram to General G. B. McClellan, April 21st
To Postmaster-General, April 24th .
Telegram to General G. B. McClellan, April 29th
Message to the Senate, May ist ...

Telegram to General G. B. McClellan, May ist .
Telegram to General H. W. Halleck, May ist
Response to Evangelical Lutherans, May 6th
Telegram to Flag-Officer L. M. Goldsborough, May 7th
To General G. B. McClellan, May 9th
To Flag-Officer L. M. Goldsborough, May loth .
Proclamation Raising the Blockade of Certain Ports,

May 1 2th .......



457
457
458

458
461

461
462
463
463
464
464
465
465
466
467
468
469

470



ILLUSTRATIONS.



Abraham Lincoln . . Frontispiece

From the portrait by Marshall

William H. Seward . .... 46

From the painting by F. B. Carpenter at the Union League Club,
New York.

Henry Ward Beecher . .... 60

From a photograph by Sarony, New York.

Henry A. Wise ...... g6

From a steel engraving.

The Chicago Wigwam, where the Republican

Convention of i860 was held . . . 102

Redrawn from, an old print.
{Courtesy of W. C. Crane, Esq.)

Hannibal Hamlin ..... 186

After the photograph by Brady.

Horace Greeley ...... 202

From, a steel engraving.

Edwin D. Morgan ..... 224

From, a steel engraving.

Charles Francis Adams .... 274

From, a steel engraving.

David D. Porter 2y8

From a steel engraving.

Robert Anderson ...... 2g8

From an engraving by Ferine.



XVI



Illustrations



Salmon P. Chase ..... J44

From the painting by F. B. Carpenter at the Union League Club,

New York.

Simon Cameron ...... j^6

From a steel engraving.

Winfield Scott 368

From a photograph by Handy.

Henry Wager Halleck ..... j^S

After a photograph.

John A. Andrew ...... 420

Front a steel engraving.

Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War . . 434

From the painting by F. B. Carpenter at the Union League Club,
New York.

Nathaniel P. Banks ..... 444

From a photograph by Handy.



y^



THE WRITINGS OF
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

I 858- I 860



VOL. v.— I.



THE WRITINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.



TO SYDNEY SPRING, GRAYVILLE, ILL.

Springfield, June 19, 1858.

Sydney Spring, Esq.

My dear Sir : — ^Your letter introducing Mr. Faree
was duly received. There was no opening to nomi-
nate him for Superintendent of Public Instruction,
but through him Egypt made a most valuable con-
tribution to the convention. I think it may be
fairly said that he came off the lion of the day — or
rather of the night. Can you not elect him to the
Legislature? It seems to me he would be hard to
beat. What objection could be made to him?
What is your Senator Martin saying and doing?
What is Webb about ?

Please write me. Yours truly,

A. Lincoln.



TO J. w. somers.

Springpikld, June 25, 1858.

James W. Somers, Esq.

My dear Sir: — ^Yours of the 2 2d, inclosing a draft
of two hundred dollars, was duly received. I have
paid it on the judgment, and herewith you have the

3



4 The Writings of

receipt. I do not wish to say anything as to who
shall be the Republican candidate for the Legislature
in your district, further than that I have full con-
fidence in Dr. Hull. Have you ever got in the way
of consulting with McKinley in political matters?
He is true as steel, and his judgment is very good.
The last I heard from him, he rather thought Weldon,
of De Witt, was our best timber for representative,
all things considered. But you there must settle
it among yourselves. It may well puzzle older heads
than yours to understand how, as the Dred Scott
decision holds. Congress can authorize a Territorial
Legislature to do everything else, and cannot au-
thorize them to prohibit slavery. That is one of the
things the court can decide, but can never give an
intelligible reason for.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.



TO A. CAMPBELL.

Springfield, June 28, 1858.

A. Campbell, Esq.

My dear Sir: — In 1856 you gave me authority to
draw on you for any sum not exceeding five hundred
dollars. I see clearly that such a privilege would be
more available now than it was then. I am aware
that times are tighter now than they were then.
Please write me at all events, and whether you can
now do anything or not I shall continue grateful for
the past.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.



Abraham Lincoln 5

TO J. GILLESPIE.

Springfield, July i6, 1858.

Hon. Joseph Gillespie.

My dear Sir: — I write this to say that from the
specimens of Douglas Democracy we occasionally
see here from Madison, we learn that they are making
very confident calculation of beating you and your
friends for the lower house, in that county. They
offer to bet upon it. Billings and Job, respectively,
have been up here, and were each as I learn, talking
largely about it. If they do so, it can only be done
by carrying the Fillmore men of 1856 very differently
from what they seem to going in the other party.
Below is the vote of 1856, in your district:

Counties. Buchanan. Fremont. Fillmore.

Bond 607 153 659

Madison 1451 iiii 1658

Montgomery 992 162 686

3050 1426 3003

By this you will see, if you go through the calcula-
tion, that if they get one quarter of the Fillmore
votes, and you three quarters, they will beat you
125 votes. If they get one fifth, and you four fifths,
you beat them 179. In Madison, alone, if our friends
get 1000 of the Fillmore votes, and their opponents
the remainder, 658, we win by just two votes.

This shows the whole field, on the basis of the
election of 1856.

Whether, since then, any Buchanan, or Fr^-
monters, have shifted ground, and how the majority
of new votes will go, you can judge better than I.

Of course you, on the ground, can better determine



6 The Writings of

your line of tactics than any one off the ground ; but
it behooves you to be wide awake and actively
working.

Don't neglect it ; and write me at your first leisure.

Yours as ever,

A. Lincoln.



TO JOHN MATHERS, JACKSONVILLE, ILL.

Springfield, Jtily 20, 1858.

Jno. Mathers, Esq.

My dear Sir: — ^Your kind and interesting letter
of the 19th was duly received. Your suggestions as
to placing one's self on the offensive rather than the
defensive are certainly correct. That is a point
which I shall not disregard. I spoke here on Satur-
day night. The speech, not very well reported, ap-
pears in the State Journal of this morning. You
doubtless will see it; and I hope that you will per-
ceive in it that I am already improving. I would
mail you a copy now, but have not one [at] hand.
I thank you for your letter and shall be pleased to
hear from you again.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.



TO JOSEPH GILLESPIE.

Springfield, July 25, 1858.

Hon. J. Gillespie.

My dear Sir: — Your doleful letter of the i8th
was received on my return from Chicago last night.
I do hope you are worse scared than hurt, though



Abraham Lincoln 7

you ought to know best. We must not lose the
district. We must make a job of it, and save it.
Lay hold of the proper agencies, and secure all the
Americans you can, at once. I do hope, on closer
inspection, you will find they are not half gone.



Online LibraryAbraham LincolnThe writings of Abraham Lincoln → online text (page 1 of 29)