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Letter to Col. Robert Allen, June 21, 1836
From a Letter Published in the Sangamon "Journal," June 13,
From his Address before the Young Men's Lyceum of Spring-
Letter to Mrs. O. H. Browning, Springfield, April 1, 1838
From a Political Debate, Springfield, Dec. 1839 ·
Letter to W. G. Anderson, Lawrenceville, Ill., Oct. 31, 1840
Extract from a Letter to John T. Stuart, Springfield, Ill.,
From his Address before the Springfield Washingtonian
Temperance Society, Feb. 22, 1842
From a Circular of the Whig Committee, March 4, 1843
From a Letter to Martin M. Morris, Springfield, Ill., March
From a Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 22,
From a Letter to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, Jan. 8,
Letter to John D. Johnston, Jan. 2, 1851
Letter to John D. Johnston, Shelbyville, Nov. 4, 1851.
Note for Law Lecture-Written about July 1, 1850
A Fragment-Written about July 1, 1854
From his Reply to Senator Douglas, Peoria, Oct. 16, 1854
From a Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Aug. 24, 1855
Lincoln's "Lost Speech," May 19, 1856
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, Ill.,
Notes for Speeches-Written about Oct. 1, 1858
From Speech at Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1859 .
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 Indianapolis, Feb. 12,
From his Address to the Legislature at Columbus, Ohio,
From his Remarks at Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 15, 1861
From his Address at Trenton, N.J., Feb. 21, 1861
Address in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Feb. 22, 1861.
His Reply to the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 1861
First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
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 August Belmont, July 31, 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, 1862
Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863
Moulton, Washington, July 31, 1863
Letter to Mrs. Lincoln, Washington, Aug. 8, 1863
Letter to James H. Hackett, Washington, Aug. 17, 1863
Note to Secretary Stanton, Washington, Nov. 11, 1863
Letter to James C. Conkling, Aug. 26, 1863.
His Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Oct. 3, 1863
-Remarks at the Dedication of the National Cemetery at
From his Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 8, 1863
Letter to Secretary Stanton, Washington, March 1, 1864
Letter to Governor Michael Hahn, Washington, March 13,
From Address to the 166th Ohio Regiment, Aug. 22, 1864
Reply to a Serenade, Nov. 10, 1864
Letter to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865
From an Address to an Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865
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 People of Sangamon County. March 9, 1832
UPON the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance, even on this account alone, to say nothing of the advantages and satisfaction to be derived from all being able to read the Scriptures and other works, both of a religious and moral nature, for themselves.
For my part, I desire to see the time when education -and by its means morality, sobriety, enterprise, and industry-shall become much more general than at present; and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate that happy period.
With regard to existing laws, some alterations are thought to be necessary. Many respectable men have suggested that our estray laws-the law respecting the issuing of executions, the road law, and some others-are deficient in their present form, and require alterations. But considering the great probability that the framers of those laws were wiser than myself, I should prefer not meddling with them, unless they were first attacked by others, in which case I should feel it both a privilege