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" My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or 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... "
Abraham Lincoln and His Presidency - Page 92
by Joseph Hartwell Barrett - 1903
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Horace Greeley, the Editor

Francis Nicoll Zabriskie - 1890 - 398 pages
...have always found to be right. ' ' He then proclaims his " paramount object to save the Union, and not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and...
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James Sidney Rollins, Memoir

William Benjamin Smith - Missouri - 1891 - 317 pages
...President said : 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 save it by freeing some and...
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Abraham Lincoln, the Liberator: A Biographical Sketch

Charles Wallace French - Presidents - 1891 - 398 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 destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing a slave I would do it. And if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. And if...
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Abraham Lincoln

Charles Carleton Coffin - 1892 - 542 pages
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it 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 save it by freeing some and leaving...
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LIFE OF LINCOLN

CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN - 1892
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave 1 would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and...
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The Lone-star of Liberia: Being the Outcome of Reflections on Our Own People

Frederick Alexander Durham - African Americans - 1892 - 331 pages
...Abraham Lincoln, writing on August 22, 1862, said : ' My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or 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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The Lone-star of Liberia: Being the Outcome of Reflections on Our Own People

Frederick Alexander Durham - African Americans - 1892 - 331 pages
...Abraham Lincoln, writing on August 22, 1862, said : ' My paramount object is to save the Union, and not either to save or 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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Selections from the Works of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - 1893 - 116 pages
...as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt. I would save the Union. I would save it in the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner...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 save it by freeing some and...
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Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2

John Torrey Morse - 1893
...same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. "My paramount object is to save the Union, and 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 save it by freeing some, and...
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Abraham Lincoln

Charles Carleton Coffin - 1893 - 542 pages
...slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave 1 would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and...
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