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" I would do it ; if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. "
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - Page 397
1889
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The True History of the Civil War

Guy Carleton Lee - United States - 1903 - 421 pages
...same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and...
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From Epicurus to Christ: A Study in the Principles of Personality

William De Witt Hyde - Christianity - 1904 - 285 pages
...was never more clearly stated than in Lincoln's letter to Horace Greeley : " I would save the Union. If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it;...
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The Forms of Public Address

George Pierce Baker - Oratory - 1904 - 472 pages
...could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save 20 the Union unless they could at the same time destroy...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all 25 the slaves, I would do it;...
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The Encyclopedia Americana, Volume 16

Frederick Converse Beach - Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 1904
...unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount objection in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it;...
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The History of Twenty-five Years: 1865-1870

Sir Spencer Walpole - Great Britain - 1904
...month, which followed the escape of the Alabama, Mr. Lincoln himself declared, ' My paramount object is to save the Union, and is not either to save or...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...
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Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 8

Abraham Lincoln, Richard Watson Gilder - Illinois - 1905
...sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be "the Union as it was." If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it;...
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A Students' History of the United States

Edward Channing - United States - 1905 - 587 pages
..."I would save the Union," he said; "I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. . . . My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...
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History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the Final ...

James Ford Rhodes - United States - 1906
...sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be ' the Union as it was.' If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...
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The History of North America, Volume 15

Guy Carleton Lee, Francis Newton Thorpe - Indians of North America - 1906
...sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was.' If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it;...
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The Civil War: The National View

Francis Newton Thorpe - United States - 1906 - 535 pages
...sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be 'the Union as it was.' If there be those who would not save the Union unless...destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...
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