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nor the restless activity that occasionally pushes to the front even persons with gifts not of the first order. He was a patient, thoughtful, melancholy man, whose intelligence, working sometimes slowly but always steadily and surely, was capacious enough to embrace, and vigorous enough to master, the incomparably difficult facts and problems he was called to deal with. His executive talent showed itself not in sudden and startling strokes, but in the calm serenity with which he formed his judgments and laid his plans, in the undismayed firmness with which he adhered to them in the face of popular clamour, of conflicting counsels from his advisers, sometimes, even, of what others deemed all but hopeless failure. These were the qualities needed in one who had to pilot the Republic through the heaviest storm that had ever broken upon it. But the mainspring of his power, and the truest evidence of his greatness, lay in the nobility of his aims, in the fervour of his conviction, in the stainless rectitude which guided his action and won for him the confidence of the people. Without these things neither the vigour of his intellect nor the firmness of his will would have availed.
There is a vulgar saying that all great men are unscrupulous. Of him it may rather be said that the note of greatness we feel in his thinking and his speech and his conduct had its source in the loftiness and purity of his character. Lincoln's is one of the careers that refute this imputation on human nature.
The following is a list of Lincoln's published works :
SELECTIONS.-Letters on Questions of National Policy, etc., 1863; Dedicatory Speech of President Lincoln, etc., at the Consecration of Gettysburg Cemetery, Nov. 19th, 1863, 1864; The Last Address of President Lincoln to the American People, 1865; The Martyr's Monument, 1865; In Memoriam, 1865; Gems from A. Lincoln, 1865; The President's Words, 1866; Emancipation Proclamation -Second Inaugural Address-Gettysburg Speech, 1878; Two Inaugural Addresses and Gettysburg Speech, 1889; The Gettysburg Speech and other Papers, with an essay on Lincoln by J. R. Lowell (Riverside Literature Series, 32), 1888; The Table Talk
of Abraham Lincoln, ed. W. O. Stoddard, 1894; Political Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the celebrated campaign of 1858 in Illinois, etc. Also the two great speeches of Abraham Lincoln at Ohio in 1859, 1894; Political Speeches and Debates of Abraham Lincoln and S. A. Douglas, 1854-1861, edited by A. T. Jones, 1895; Lincoln, Passages from his Speeches and Letters, with Introduction by R. W. Gilder, 1901. COMPLETE EDITIONS OF WORKS, LETTERS, AND SPEECHES.H. J. Raymond, History of the Administration of Abraham Lincoln (Speeches, Letters, etc.), 1864; Abraham Lincoln, Pen and Voice, being a Complete Compilation of his Letters, Public Addresses, Messages to Congress, ed. G. M. Van Buren, etc., 1890; Complete Works, ed. J. G. Nicolay and J. Hay, 2 vols., 1894; enlarged edition, with Introduction by R. W. Gilder, etc., 1905, etc.; A. Lincoln's Speeches, compiled by L. E. Chittenden, 1895; The Writings of A. Lincoln, ed. A. B. Lapsley, with an Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt, and a life by Noah Brooks, etc. (Federal Edition), 1905; etc.
LIFE.-H. J. Raymond; The Life and Public Services of A. L., etc., with Anecdotes and Personal Reminiscences, by F. B. Carpenter, 1865; J. H. Barrett, 1865; J. G. Holland, 1866; W. H. Lamon, 1872; W. O. Stoddard, 1884; I. N. Arnold, 1885; J. G. Nicolay and J. Hay, 1890; Condensed Edition, 1902; Recollections of President Lincoln and his Administration, 1891; C. C. Coffin, 1893; J. T. Morse, 1893; J. Hay (The Presidents of the United States), 1894; C. A. Dana, Lincoln and his Cabinet, etc., 1896; J. H. Choate, 1900; Address delivered before the Edinburgh Philosophical Institution, Nov. 13, 1900; I. M. Tarbell, 1900; W. E. Curtis, The True Abraham Lincoln, 1903; J. H. Barrett, A. Lincoln and his Presidency, 1904; J. Baldwin, 1904. A. Rothschild, Lincoln, Master of Men, 1906; F. T. Hill, Lincoln the Lawyer, 1906.
Among those who have written short lives are: Mrs. H. Beecher Stowe, D. W. Bartlett, C. G. Leland, J. C. Power, etc.
FOR permission to use extracts from "The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln," edited by John G. Nicolay and John Hay, the Publishers wish to thank The Century Company.
They also wish to thank Mr. William H. Lambert, the owner of the copyright, and Mrs. Sarah A. Whitney for their courtesy in allowing them to publish" Lincoln's Lost Speech."
Lincoln's First Public Speech-From an Address to the
From his Address before the Young Men's Lyceum of Spring-
Letter to Mrs. O. H. Browning, Springfield, April 1, 1838
From his Address before the Springfield Washingtonian
From a Circular of the Whig Committee, March 4, 1843
Letter to John D. Johnston, Jan. 2, 1851
Letter to John D. Johnston, Shelbyville, Nov. 4, 1851 .
From a Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 22,
A Fragment-Written about July 1, 1854
From a Letter to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, Jan. 8,
From a Letter to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, June 22,
From a Letter to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, July 10,
From his Reply to Senator Douglas, Peoria, Oct. 16, 1854
From a Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Aug. 24, 1855
Speech on the Dred Scott Case, Springfield, Ill., June 26,
The "Divided House "Speech, Springfield, Ill., June 17, 1858 69
From a Speech at Springfield, Ill., July 17, 1858
From Lincoln's Reply to Douglas in the First Joint Debate,
From Lincoln's Rejoinder to Judge Douglas at Freeport, III.,
From Lincoln's Reply to Douglas at Jonesboro', Sept. 15
From Lincoln's Reply to Douglas at Charleston, Ill., Sept. 18,
From Lincoln's Reply to Judge Douglas at Galesburg, III.,
Notes for Speeches-Written about Oct. 1, 1858
Letter to Hon. Geo. Ashmun, Accepting the Nomination for
Letter to Miss Grace Bedell, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 19, 1860.
From his Address to the Legislature at Columbus, Ohio,
From his Remarks at Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 15, 1861
Address at Utica, N. Y., Feb. 18, 1861
From his First Message to Congress, at the Special Session,
From his Message to Congress at its Regular Session, Dec. 3,
Letter to Gen. G. B. McClellan, Washington, Feb. 3, 1862. 187
Proclamation Revoking Gen. Hunter's Order Setting the
Appeal to the Border States in Behalf of Compensated
From Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862
Letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862
From his Reply to the Chicago Committee of United Religious
From the Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1,
His Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Oct. 3, 1863
Address at a Sanitary Fair, March 18, 1864
Address at a Sanitary Fair at Baltimore, April 18, 1864
From Address to the 166th Ohio Regiment, Aug. 22, 1864
Letter to Mrs. Bixley, Nov. 21, 1864
Letter to General Grant, Washington, Jan. 19, 1865
Letter to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865
From an Address to an Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865
From his Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 8, 1863