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than any other man of his own or of any other time, Mr. Lincoln had but one character and one mode of action, in public and private affairs.
It is the purpose of this work, so far as possible, to facilitate this inquiry. Every public speech, message, letter, or document of any sort from his pen, so far as accessible, will be found included in its pages. These documents, with the narrative by which they are accompanied, may, it is hoped, aid the public in understanding aright the character and conduct of the most illustrious actor, in the most important era, of American history.
1. PORTRAIT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, engraved by A. H. RITCHIB
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& PAC-SIMILE OF PRESIDENT LINCOLNS LETTER TO MR. RAYMOND .589, 590
Early Life of Abraham Lincoln.-His Own Record.—His Ancestry:-Changes
of Residence.—Death and Funeral of his Mother.- Entrance upon Polit-
ical Life.- A Member of the Legislature and of Congress.—The Mexican
Presidential Campaign of 1856.—Douglas at Springfield in 1857.—Lincoln's
Reply.-The Great Debate.-Eloquent Defence of the Doctrines of the
Republican Party.-Result of the Contest...
The Campaign of 1859 in Ohio.—Mr. Lincoln's Speeches at Columbus and
Cincinnati.—His Visit to the East.-In New York City.—The Great
Speech at Cooper Institute.—Mr. Lincoln nominated for the Presidency.
FROM THE ELECTION, NOVEMBER 6, 1860, TO THE INAUGURATION, MARCH 4,
The Presidential Election.-Secession of South Carolina. -Formation of the
Rebel Confederacy.—The Objects of Secession.-Secession Movements in
Washington.—Debates in Congress.—The Crittenden Resolutions.-Con-
ciliatory Action of Congress.—The Peace Conference.-Action of Con-
gress.—The Secession Movement unchecked..
FROM SPRINGFIELD TO WASHINGTON.
Speech at Indianapolis.-
Arrival and Speech at Cincinnati.—Speech at Co-
Poughkeepsie.—In New York.Reply to the Mayor of Now York.-Ia
New Jersey.- Arrival at Philadelphia.-Speech in Philadelphia.--At
Harrisburg.--Arrival and Reception at Washington..... Page 131
The Inaugural Address.- Organization of the Government.-The Bombard-
ment of Fort Sumter.—Passage of Troops through Baltimore.-Interview
with the Mayor of Baltimore.-The Blockade of Rebel Ports.—The Pres-
ident and the Virginia Commissioners.--Instruction to our Ministers
abroad.—Recognition of the Rebels as Belligerents.--Rights of Neu-
First Annual Message.--Action of Congress.—Slavery and Confiscation. The
Defeat at Bull Run.—Treatment of the Slavery Question.-General Fro-
mont and the President.--Tho Trent Affair...
THE REGULAR SESSION OF CONGRESS, DECEMBER, 1861.—THE MESSAGE.-
Meeting of Congress.-President's Message.—Disposition of Congress. —
Slavery in Territories and District of Columbia.—Proposed Aid to Eman-
cipation by Slave States.—The Debate in Congress. The President and
General Hunter.—The Border Stato Representatives.The Border State
Reply.—The Finances.--Tho Confiscation Bill.-The Prosident's Action
and Opinions.—Tho President's Message.—Message in Regard to Mr.
Cameron.-The President and his Cabinet.-Close of the Session of Con-
gress.—The President's Letter to Mr. Greeley.-The President and the
Chicago Convention.—Proclamation of Emancipation....
THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION OF 1862.THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL
General McClellan succeeds McDowell.-The President's Order for an Ad-
vance.-The Movement to the Peninsula.—Rebel Evacuation of Manas-
Arrangements for the Peninsular Movement.--The President's