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An attempt has been made in the following pages to portray Abraham Lincoln, mainly in his relations to the country at large during his eventful administration. ·
With this view, it has not been deemed necessary. to cumber the work with the minute details of his life prior to that time. This period has, therefore, been but glanced at, with a care to present enough to make a connected whole. His Congressional career, and his campaign with Senator Douglas are presented in outline, yet so, it is believed, that a clear idea of these incidents in his life can be obtained.
After the time of his election as President, however, a different course of treatment has been pursued. Thenceforward, to the close of his life, especial pains have been taken to present everything which should show him as he was—the Statesman persistent, resolute, free from boasting or ostentation, destitute of hate, never exultant, guarded in his prophecies, threatening none at home or abroad, indulging in no utopian dreams of a blissful future, moving quietly, calmly, conscientiously, irresistibly on to the end he saw with clearest vision.
Yet, even in what is presented as a complete record of his ad ministration, too much must not be expected. It is impossible, for example, to thoroughly dissect the events of the great Rebellion in a work like the present. Nothing of the kind has been attempted. The prominent features only have been sketched; and that solely for the purpose of bringing into the distinct foreground him whose life is under consideration.
Various Speeches, Proclamations, and Letters, not vitally essential to the unity of the main body of the work, yet valuable as affording illustrations of the man-have been collected in the Appendix.
Imperfect as this portraiture must necessarily be, there is one conciliatory thought. The subject needs no embellishment. It furnishes its own setting. The acts of the man speak for them. selves. Only such an arrangement is needed as shall show the bearing of each upon the other, the development of each, the processes of growth.
Those words of the lamented dead which nestle in our hearts so tenderly-they call for no explanation. Potent, searching, taking hold of our consciences, they will remain with us while reason lasts.
Nor will the people's interest be but for the moment. The baptism of blood to which the Nation has been called, cannot be for. gotten for generations. And while memories of him abide, there will inevitably be associated with them the placid, quiet face, not devoid of mirth—its patient, anxious, yet withal hopeful expression—the sure, elastic step—the clearly cut, sharply defined speech of him, who, under Providence, was to lead us through the trial and anguish of those bitter days to the rest and refreshing of a peace, whose dawn only, alas ! he was to see.
Though this work may not rise to the height required, it is hoped that it is not utterly unworthy of the subject. Such as it is -a labor of love—it is offered to those who loved and labored with the patriot and hero, with the earnest desire that it may not be regarded an unwarrantable intrusion upon ground on which any inight hesitate to venture.
Philadelphia, June, 1865.
President's Speech at Washington-Speech to a New York Committee-Speeru in Bal
timore-Letter to a Kentuckian-Employment of Colored Troops--Davis' Threat-
General Order-President's Order on the Subject.........
Lient. Gen. Grant-His Military Record-Continged Movements-Correspondence with the
President- Across the Rapidan-Richmond Invested-President's Letter to a Grant
Meeting-Meeting of Republican National Convention--The Platform-The Nomination
-Mr. Lincoln's Reply to the Committee of Notification-Remarks to Union League
Committee-Speech at a Serenade-Speech to Ohio Troops...
President's Speech at Philadelphia–Philadelphia Fair-Correspondence with Committen
of National Conventivn-Proclamation of Martial Law in Kentucky-Question of Re
construction-President's Proclamation on the Subject-Congressional Plan............ 2018
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OP 1864.
Proclamation for a Fast-Speech to Soldiers-Another Speech_"To Whom it may Con-
ceru”—Chicago Convention-Opposition Embarrassed-Resolution No. 2-McClellani's
Acceptance Capture of the Mobile Forts and Atlanta-Proclamation for Thanksgiving
-Rumarks on Employment of Negro Soldiers-Address to Loyal Marylanders........ 314
Presidential Campaign of 1864-Fremont's Withdrawal-Wade and Davis-Peace and War
Democrats-Rebel Sympathizers-October Election-Result of Presidential Election
Speech to Pennsylvanians-Speech at a Serenade Letter to a Soldier's Mother-Open-
ng of Congress-Last Aurual Message..