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From § ote: Published in the Sangamon “Journal,” June 13,
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From his Address before the Young Men's Lyceum of Spring-

w field, Jan. 27, 1837 - - - - - - -

Letter to Mrs. O. H. Browning, Springfield, April 1, 1838 .

From a Political Debate, Springfield, Dec. 1839 . - -

Letter to W. G. Anderson, Lawrenceville, Ill., Oct. 31, 1840

Extract from a Letter to John T. Stuart, Springfield, Ill.,

Jan. 23, 1841 - - - - - - -

From his Address before the Springfield Washingtonian

Temperance Society, Feb. 22, 1842 - - - -

From a Circular of the Whig Committee, March 4, 1843

From a Letter to Martin M. Morris, Springfield, Ill., March

26, 1843 - - - e - - - -

Footo: to Joshua F. Speed, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 22,
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Footo: to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, Jan. 8,
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Foots, to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, June 22,
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Footo: to Wm. H. Herndon, Washington, July 10,
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Letter to John D. Johnston, Jan. 2, 1851 . - -

Letter to John D. Johnston, Shelbyville, Nov. 4, 1851 .

Note for Law Lecture—Written about July 1, 1850

A Fragment—Written about July 1, 1854

'A Fragment on Slavery, July 1854 - - -

From his Reply to Senator Douglas, Peoria, Oct. 16, 1854

From a Letter to the Hon. Geo. Robertson, Lexington, Ky. ;

Springfield, Ill., Aug. 15, 1855 . - - - -

From a Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Aug. 24, 1855 - -

Lincoln’s “Lost Speech,” May 19, 1856 - - - -

spoo, on the Dred Scott Case, Springfield, Ill., June 26,
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Ottawa, Ill., Aug. 21, 1858 . - - - - . 99

From Lincoln's Rejoinder to Judge Douglas at Freeport, Ill.,
Aug. 27, 1858 - - - - - - - . IO9
From Lincoln's Reply to Douglas at Jonesboro’, Sept. 15
1858 . - - - - - - - - • IIO
From Lincoln's Reply to Douglas at Charleston, Ill., Sept. 18,
1858 . - - - - - - - - . I2O
From Lincoln's Reply to Judge Douglas at Galesburg, Ill.,
Oct. 7, 1858 - - - - - - - . I22
Notes for Speeches—Written about Oct. 1, 1858 . I24

Appeal to the Border States in Behalf of Compensated

Emancipation, July 12, 1862 . - - - - -

From Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 186 - - -

Letter to August Belmont, July 31, 1862 - -

Letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862 . - - -

From his Reply to the Chicago Committee of United Religious

Denominations, Sept. 13, 1862 . - - - -

From the Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 186

Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863 .

Letter to General Grant, July 13, 1863 -

Letter to Moulton, Washington, July 31, 1863

Letter to Mrs. Lincoln, Washington, Aug. 8, 1863

Letter to James H. Hackett, Washington, Aug. 17, 1863

Note to Secretary Stanton, Washington, Nov. 11, 1863

Letter to James C. Conkling, Aug. 26, 1863. - -

His Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Oct. 3, 1863

-Remarks at the Dedication of the National Cemetery at

Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863 . - - - -

From his Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 8, 1863

Letter to Secretary Stanton, Washington, March 1, 1864

Leto,& Governor Michael Hahn, Washington, March 13,
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Address at a Sanitary Fair, March 18, 1864.

Letter to A. G. Hodges, April 4, 1864. - - -

Address at a Sanitary Fair at Baltimore, April 18, 1864

Letter to General Grant, April 30, 1864 - - -

From Address to the 166th Ohio Regiment, Aug. 22, 1864

Reply to a Serenade, Nov. Io, 1864 - -

Letter to Mrs. Bixley, Nov. 21, 1864 . - -

Letter to General Grant, Washington, Jan. 19, 186

Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

Letter to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865 - -

From an Address to an Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865 .

His Last Public Address, April 11, 1865 . -

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PUBLISHERS' NOTE

For permission to use extracts from “The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln,” edited by John G. Nicolay and John Hay, the Publishers wish to thank The Century Company.

They also wish to thank Mr. William H. Lambert, the owner of the copyright, and Mrs. Sarah A. Whitney for their courtesy in allowing them to

publish “Lincoln's Lost Speech.”

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LIN CO L N'S SP E E CHES AND LETTERS

Zincoln's First Public Speech. From an Address to the People of Sangamon County. March 9, 1832

UPON the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance, even on this account alone, to say nothing of the advantages and satisfaction to be derived from all being able to read the Scriptures and other works, both of a religious and moral nature, for themselves.

For my part, I desire to see the time when education —and by its means morality, sobriety, enterprise, and industry—shall become much more general than at present; and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate that happy period.

With regard to existing laws, some alterations are thought to be necessary. Many respectable men have suggested that our estray laws—the law respecting the issuing of executions, the road law, and some others—are deficient in their present form, and require alterations. But considering the great probability that the framers of those laws were wiser than myself, I should prefer not meddling with them, unless they were first attacked by

others, in which case I should feel it both a privilege

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