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Abraham Lincoln- A History

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Abraham Lincoln: A History V1by John G. Nicolay and John Hay
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Release Date: November, 2004 [EBook #6812] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This filewas first posted on January 27, 2003]Edition: 10Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A HISTORY V1 ***Produced by Robert Nield, Tom Allen, David Moynihan, Charles Franks and the Online DistributedProofreading Team.ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A HISTORY BY JOHN G. NICOLAY AND JOHN HAYVOLUME ONETO THE HONORABLE ROBERT TODD LINCOLNTHIS WORK IS DEDICATED IN TOKEN OF A LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIP AND ESTEEMAUTHORS' PREFACEA generation born since Abraham Lincoln died has already reached manhood and womanhood. Yet there aremillions still living who sympathized with him in his noble aspirations, who labored with him in his toilsomelife, and whose hearts were saddened by his tragic death. It is the almost unbroken testimony of hiscontemporaries that by virtue of certain high traits of character, in certain momentous lines of purpose andachievement, he was incomparably the greatest man of his time. The deliberate judgment of those who knewhim has hardened into tradition; for although but twenty-five years have passed since he fell by the bullet of the assassin, the tradition is already complete. The voice of hostile faction is silent, or unheeded; evencriticism is gentle and timid. If history had said its last word, if no more were to be known of him than isalready written, his fame, however lacking in definite outline, however distorted by fable, would surviveundiminished to the latest generations. The blessings of an enfranchised race would forever hail him as theirliberator; the nation would acknowledge him as the mighty counselor whose patient courage and wisdomsaved the life of the republic in its darkest hour; and illuminating his proud eminence as orator, statesman, andruler, there would forever shine around his memory the halo of that tender humanity and Christian charity inwhich he walked among his fellow- countrymen as their familiar companion and friend.It is not, therefore, with any thought of adding materially to his already accomplished renown that we havewritten the work which we now offer to our fellow-citizens. But each age owes to its successors the truth inregard to its own annals. The young men who have been born since Sumter was fired on have a right to alltheir elders know of the important events they came too late to share in. The life and fame of Lincoln will nothave their legitimate effect of instruction and example unless the circumstances among which he lived andfound his opportunities are placed in their true light before the men who never saw him.To write the life of this great American in such a way as to show his relations to the times in which he moved,the stupendous issues he controlled, the remarkable men by whom he was surrounded, has been the purposewhich the authors have diligently pursued for many years. We can say nothing of the result of our labor; onlythose who have been similarly employed can appreciate the sense of inadequate performance with which weregard what we have accomplished. We claim for our work that we have devoted to it twenty years of almostunremitting assiduity; that we have neglected no means in our power to ascertain the truth; that we have
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