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HIS EARLY HISTORY, POLITICAL CAREER, AND SPEECHES IN
AND OUT OF CONGRESS; ALSO, A GENERAL

VIEW OF HIS POLICY AS

President of the United States;

WITO HIS

MESSAGES, PROCLAMATIONS, LETTERS, ETC.,

AXDA

HISTORY OF HIS EVENTFUL ADMINISTRATION, AND OF THE

SCENES ATTENDANT UPON HIS TRAGIC

AND LAMENTED DEMISE.

BY

JOSEPH H. BARRETT,

COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS, WASHINGTON, D.O.

CPUBLISHERS:
MOORE, WILSTACH & BALDWIN,

25 West FOURTU STREET, CINCINNATI.
New YORK, 60 WALKER STREET.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1800, by

MOORE, WILSTACH, KEYS & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of Ohio.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in tho year 1864, by

MOORE, WILSTACII & BALDWIN, In the Clerk's Offico of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of Ohio.

Eotered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by

MOORE, WILSTACH & BALDWIN, In the Clerk's omice of the District Court of the United States for tho Southern

District of Ohio.

PREFACE.

The first part of the sketch of Mr. Lincoln's life herewith pregented to the public, was mainly prepared for the press in June, 1860monly 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 tho admiration of enlightened thinkers, unperverted by anti-democratic prejudice in Europe. It was a late member of the Britishı 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 coun. trymen, have contributed to deepen the earnestness of the popular wish for his continuance, during another term, in the high office he providentially fills.

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