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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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The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events of All ..., Volume 8

Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Frank Weitenkampf, John Porter Lamberton - Biography - 1895
...line which he had laid down for his own guidance : ' ' 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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Lincoln and His Cabinet: A Lecture Delivered Before the New Haven Colony ...

Charles Anderson Dana - United States - 1896 - 72 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 could save it by freeing some and...
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Discovery of America

Jacob Abbott - Indians of North America - 1860
...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 could save it by freeing some and...
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Political science quarterly, Volume 11

1896
...from the first day to the last of his term of office : 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 —...
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The United States of America, 1765-1865

Edward Channing - United States - 1896 - 352 pages
...have been overcome by the logic of the situation. " My object," he wrote, " 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." He...
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The Student's American History

David Henry Montgomery - United States - 1897 - 523 pages
...course which Stevens and Greeley urged. In reply to the latter's letter, he wrote (August 22, 1862): "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the...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 General George Gordon Meade: Commander of the Army of the Potomac

Richard Meade Bache - United States - 1897 - 596 pages
...of the New York Tribune, in which he had 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 do it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it ; and...
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Four Great Americans: Washington, Franklin, Webster, Lincoln, a Book for ...

James Baldwin - United States - 1897 - 235 pages
...power and declare all the slaves free. He answered : " 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. If I...
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The Columbian Cyclopedia, Volume 18

Encyclopedias and dictionaries - 1897
...consummate the matter just at this time. ' My paramount object is to save the union,' he said, '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.' Meanwhile...
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The Words of Abraham Lincoln, for Use in Schools

Abraham Lincoln - 1898 - 270 pages
...: EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War. LETTER TO HORACE GREELEY. EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 1862. HON. HORACE GREELEY. Dear Sir: — I have...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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