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The first part of the sketch of Mr. Lincoln's life herewith presented to the public, was mainly prepared for the press in June, 1860—only slight modifications having been made, and brief additions, so as to embrace the period terminating with his inauguration. This portion of the work embodies a condensed view of Mr. Lincoln's speeches, which can not fail to interest the attentive student, who seeks for information concerning his early political life. The second part, after a summary of National events immediately preceding March 4, 1861, gives a condensed history of Mr. Lincoln's Administration, including a narrative of military operations, down to the present time. The most important public papers, addresses and occasional letters of the President, will also be found in the following pages.

It has been the fortune of Mr. Lincoln to be called to the Chief Magistracy, at an epoch when a long-maturing conspiracy for the dismemberment of the Union has culminated in a war of unprecedented magnitude. The President, tried as none of his predecessors ever were, has so wisely exercised his power as to command the hearty support of all loyal men at home, and the admiration of enlightened thinkers, unperverted by anti-democratic prejudice in Europe. It was a late member of the British) Parliament who pointed out single passages from an address of Mr. Lincoln, as worth "all that Burke ever wrote." His able statesmanship has justified the confidence of the people, whilo his sterling qualities of heart, his humane sympathies, his purity of life, and his power of winning the love and trust of his countrymen, have contributed to deepen the earnestness of the popu. lar wish for his continuance, during another term, in the high office he providentially fills.


It is hardly to be hoped that the present attempt to treat so wide a subject, within so small a compass, will satisfy all readers. Many minor details, of special interest to individuals, have necessarily been omitted. Some accounts of military and naval undertakings, which might, of themselves, have filled an entire volume, have been given with perhaps a disappointing brevity. It must suffice to say, here, that no pains have been spared—as no requisite facilities for obtaining correct data have been lacking to make the work not only trustworthy and complete in regard to matters of salient interest, but also as acceptable as possible to all classes of loyal readers. WASHINGTON, D. C., May 14, 1864.

J. H. B.

The Third Part of this work comprises the events of the last year of Mr. Lincoln's life, with his public papers and addresses of the same period, as well as many letters and speeches of an earlier date, not given in the previous parts. The summary of the closing campaigns of the war has been prepared with care, as well as the political history of the time. No year of the nation's existence has been more memorable than that commencing on the 1st of May, 1864. Before its close, a gigantic rebellion was finally crushed, and our great and good President, after witnessing the triumph of his labors, fell a martyr to the cause he had so firmly upheld through the darkest hours. Would that the work were more worthy the theme. No name will be more sacred in our country's annals, or more perpetual in the memory of the world, than that of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WASHINGTON, D. C., July 20, 1865.

J. H. B.


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Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln-Their Residence in Pennsylvania and Virginia

His Grandfather Crosses the Alleghanies to join Boono and his Associates

“ The Dark and Bloody Ground"-His Violent Death-His Widow Settles in

Washington County-Thomas Lincoln, his Son, Marries and Locates near

Hodgonville–Birth of Abraham Lincoln--LaRue County-Early Life and

Training in Kentucky..


Removal from Kentucky-An Emigrant Journey-The Forests of Southern India

ana-New Home Indiana in 1816_Slavery and Free Labor-Young Lincoln at

His Work-His Schools and Schoolmasters Self-Education-A Characteristio

Incident-Acquaintance with River Life His First Trip to New Orleans as a

Flatboatman-Death of His Mother-His Father's Second Marriage-Recollec-

tions of an Early Settler -- Close of an Eventful Period in Young Lincoln's

History ...........................



The French Settlements—The North-West--The Advance of Emigration-Four

Great States Founded-North and South in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois-Senti-

ments of Southern Emigrants—The First Emigrations-A Coincidence of Dates-

Mordecai and Josiah Lincoln-Removal to Illinois-Settlement on the San-

gamon, in Macon County-Locality Described Abraham Lincoln Engaged in

Splitting Rails-Removal of His Father--He Settles in Coles County--Abrabam

Lincoln makes another Trip as a Flatboatman--Becomes Clerk in a Store on

His Return-Postmaster at New Salem.........



Breaking Out of the Black Hawk War-The Invasion of 1831-The Rock-river

Country Threatened-Prompt Action of Gov. Reynolds--Retreat of Black

Hawk-Treaty of 1804-Bad Faith of the Indians Invasion of 1832—Volun-

teers Called For-Abraham Lincoln one of a Company from Menard County

He is chosen Captain-Rendezvous at Beardstown--Hard Marches across the

Country to Oquawka, Prophetstown, and Dixon-Expected Battle Avoided by

the Enemy-Discontent among Volunteers—They are Disbanded-Captain Lin.

coln Remaine, Volunteering for Another Term of Service-Skiri hing Fights-

Arrival of New Levies—Encounter at Kellogg's Grove-Black Hawk at Four

Lakes-He Retreats--Battle on the Wisconsin--Hastens Forward to the Mis.

sissippi-Battle of Bad-ax-End of Lincoln's First Campaign-Autobiographic




New Period in Mr. Lincoln's LifeHis Political Opinions--Clay and Jackson

Mr. Lincoln a Candidate for Representative-Election in 1834–Illinois Strongly

Democratic-Mr. Lincoln as a Surveyor-Land Speculation Mania-Mr. Lin-

coln's First Appearance in the Legislature-Banks and Internal Improve-

ments—Whig Measures Democratically Botched-First Meeting of Lincoln

with Douglas—The Latter Seeks an Office of the Legislature, and Gets it-Mr.

Lincoln Re-elected in 1836–Mr. Douglas also a Member of the House-Distin.

guished Associates Internal Improvements Again-Mr Lincoln's Views on

Slavery_The Capital Removed to Springfield-The New MetropolisRevulsion

of 1837—MTLincoln Chosen for a Third Term-John Calhoun, of Lecompton

Memory--Lincoln the Whig Leader, and Candidate for Speaker-Close Voto



Mr. Lincoln's Devotion to Henry Clay-Presidential Nominations of 1844The

Campaign in Illinois-Mr. Lincoln makes an Active Canvass for Clay-John

Calhoun the Leading Polk Elector-The Tariff Issue Thoroughly Discussed

Mechod of Conducting the Canvass-Whigs of Illinois in a Hopeless Minority-

Mr. Lincoln's Reputation as a Whig Champion-Renders Efficient Service in

Indiana-Mr. Clay's Defeat, and the Consequences-Mr. Lincoln a Candidate for

Congressman in 1846—President Polk's Administration-Condition of the Coun-

try-Texas Annexation, the Mexican War, and the Tariff--Political Character

of the Springfield District-Lincoln Elected by an Unprecedented Majority-
His Personal Popularity Demonstrated..........


The Thirtieth Congress-Its Political Character-The Democracy in a Minority

in the House-Robert C. Winthrop Elected Speaker-Distinguished Members in

both Houses-Mr. Lincoln takes his Seat as a Member of the House, and Mr.

Douglas for the first time as a Member of the Senate, at the same Session-Mr.

Lincolo's Congressional Record that of a Clay and Webster Whig—The Mexi-

can War-Mr. Lincoln's Views on the Subject-Misrepresentations-Not an

Available Issue for Mr. Lincoln's Opponents—His Resolutions of Inquiry in

Regard to the Origin of the War-Mr. Richardson's Resolutions Indorsing

the Administration - Mr. Richardson's Resolutions for an Immediate Dis-

continuance of the War--Are Voted Against by Mr. Lincoln-Resolutions

of Thanks to Gen. Taylor-Mr. Henley's Amendment, and Mr. Ashmun's Addi-

tion thereto-Resolutions Adopted without Amendment-Mr. Lincoln's First

Sperch in Congress, on the Mexican War-Mr. Lincoln on Internal Improve-

ments--A Characteristic Campaign Speech-Mr. Lincoln on the Nomination of

Gen. Taylor; the Veto Power; National Issues ; President and People; Wil.

mot Proviso; Platforms ; Democratic Sympathy for Clay; Military Heroes and

Exploits ; Cass a Progressive ; Extra Pay; the Whigs and the Mexican War;

Democratic Divisions-Close of the Session-Mr. Lincoln on the Stump-Gen.

Taylor's Election-Second Session of the Thirtieth Congress--Slavery in the

District of Columbia-The Public Lands-Mr. Lincoln as a Congressman-He

Retires to Private life........

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