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" My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to 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; and if I could... "
Anecdotes of Public Men - Page 169
by John Wien Forney - 1873 - 444 pages
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The American Negro: What He Was, what He Is, and what He May Become; a ...

William Hannibal Thomas - African Americans - 1901 - 476 pages
...as having its origin and continuance in the selfishness of man. " My paramount object," said he, " is to save the Union, and not either to save or destroy...without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that." Yet he was mindful to...
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The Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 3

Francis Newton Thorpe - Constitutional history - 1901 - 750 pages
...destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My prime object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could...without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all of the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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1861-1895

Francis Newton Thorpe - Constitutional history - 1901 - 760 pages
...destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My prime object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could...without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all of the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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Lincoln: Passages from His Speeches and Letters

Abraham Lincoln - 1901 - 262 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to 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 ; and if I ' us could save it by freeing some...
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Abraham Lincoln

William Eleroy Curtis - Presidents - 1902 - 476 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without...and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving 331 others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because...
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Life of Abraham Lincoln: His Early History, Political Career, Speeches in ...

Joseph Hartwell Barrett, Charles Walter Brown - Presidents - 1902 - 888 pages
...Slavery, I do not agree ffith them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy Slavery. If I could...without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving...
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Early Speeches: Springfield Speech, Cooper Union Speech, Inaugural Addresses ...

Abraham Lincoln - 1902 - 194 pages
...with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is no.t either to save or to 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 5 and if I could save it by freeing some and...
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Letters and Addresses of Abraham Lincoln ...

Abraham Lincoln - United States - 1903 - 460 pages
...true, as you remind me, that in the Greeley letter of 1862 I said: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it; and if I could save...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that." I continued in the same letter as follows: "What I do about slavery and...
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Letters and Addresses of Abraham Lincoln ...

Abraham Lincoln - United States - 1903 - 394 pages
...true, as you remind me, that in the Greeley letter of 1862 I said: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it; and if I could save...I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that." I continued in the same letter as follows : "What I do about slavery and...
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Abraham Lincoln and His Presidency, Volume 2

Joseph Hartwell Barrett - 1903 - 436 pages
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could...without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving...
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