Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings Part 1: 1832-1858: Library of America #45
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Abraham lincoln measured the promise—and cost—of American freedom in lucid and extraordinarily moving prose, famous for its native wit, simple dignity of expressions, and peculiarly American flavor. This volume, with its companion, Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writing 1859–1865, comprises the most comprehensive selection ever published. over 240 speeches, letters, and drafts take Lincoln from rural law practice to national prominence, and chart his emergence as an eloquent antislavery advocate and defender of the constitution. included are the complete Lincoln-Douglas debates, perhaps the most famous confrontation in American political history.
she was a trifle too willing; but on reflection it occured to me, that she might have been prevailed on by her married sister to come, without any thing concerning me ever having been mentioned to her; and so I concluded that if no other objection presented itself, I would consent to wave this. All this occured upon my hearing of her arrival in the neighbourhood; for, be it remembered, I had not yet seen her, except about three years previous, as before mentioned. In a few days we had an
authority? Is there any question but he means it was by the authority of the President, and his Cabinet—the Administration? Is there any sort of question but he means to make that charge? Then there are the editors of the Union, the framers of the Lecompton Constitution, the President of the United States and his Cabinet, and all the supporters of the Lecompton Constitution in Congress and out of Congress, who are all involved in this “fatal blow being struck.” I commend to Judge Douglas’
this new and splendid success, we heartily rejoice. That that success is so much greater now than heretofore, is doubtless owing to rational causes; and if we would have it to continue, we shall do well to enquire what those causes are. The warfare heretofore waged against the demon of Intemperance, has, some how or other, been erroneous. Either the champions engaged, or the tactics they adopted, have not been the most proper. These champions for the most part, have been Preachers, Lawyers, and
LINCOLN . . . question.] In the debates scrapbook, Lincoln deleted the pro-Douglas Times account of his interruption, which therefore went unmentioned in the 1860 edition of the debates. The incident was reported in the Press and Tribune as follows: MR. LINCOLN—Let the Judge add that Lincoln went along with them. JUDGE DOUGLAS.—Mr. Lincoln says let him add that he went along with them to the Senate Chamber. I will not add that for I do not know it. MR. LINCOLN.—I do know it. JUDGE
wrong if you can; but you have no right to pretend you can not see it at all. We see it; and to us it appears like principle, and the best sort of principle at that—the principle of allowing the people to do as they please with their own business. My friend from Indiana (C. B. Smith) has aptly asked “Are you willing to trust the people?” Some of you answered, substantially “We are willing to trust the people; but the President is as much the representative of the people as Congress.” In a certain