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It is hardly to be hoped that the present attempt to treat so wide a subject, within so small a compass, will satisfy all readers. Many minor details, of special interest to individuals, have necessarily been omitted. Some accounts of military and naval undertakings, which might, of themselves, have filled an entire volume, have been given with perhaps a disappointing brevity. It must suffice to say, here, that no pains have been spared—as no requisite facilities for obtaining correct data have been lacking—to make the work not only trustworthy and complete in regard to matters of salient interest, but also as acceptable as possible to all classes of loyal readers.

WAshisaton, D.C., May 14, 1864. J. H. B.

The Third Part of this work comprises the events of the last year of Mr. Lincoln's life, with his public papers and addresses of the same period, as well as many letters and speeches of an earlier date, not given in the previous parts. The summary of the closing campaigns of the war has been prepared with care, as well as the political history of the time. No year of the nation's existence has been more memorable than that commencing on the 1st of May, 1864. Before its close, a gigantic rebellion was finally crushed, and our great and good President, after witnessing the triumph of his labors, fell a martyr to the cause he had so firmly upheld through the darkest hours. Would that the work were more worthy the theme. No name will be more sacred in our country's annals, or more perpetual in the memory of the world, than that of ABRALIAM LINcoLN.

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 1865. . J. H. B.

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Ancestry of Abrahan Lincoln—Their Residence in Pennsylvania and Virginia– His Grandfather Crosses the Alleghanies to join Boone and his Associates— “The Dark and Bloody Ground"—His Violent Death–His Widow Settles in Washington County—Thomas Lincoln, his Son, Marries and Locates near Hodgeuville—Birth of Abraham Lincoln--LaRue County—Early Life and Training in Kentucky..................................................................................

C Ih. A P T E R II.

Removal from Kentucky—An Emigrant Journey–The Forests of Southern Indiana–New Home—Indiana in 1816–Slavery and Free Labor—Young Lincoln at His Work—His Schools and Schoolmasters—Self-Education—A Characteristic Incident—Acquaintance with River Life—His First Trip to New Orleans as a Flatboatman—Death of His Mother—His Father's Second Marriage—Recollections of an Early Settler — Close of an Eventful Period in Young Lincoln's

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C H A P T E R I I I.

The French Settlements—The North-West—The Advance of Emigration—Four Great States Founded—North and South in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois—Sentiments of Southern Emigrants—The First Emigrations—A Coincidence of Dates– Mordecai and Josiah Lincoln—Removal to Illinois—Settlement on the Sangamon, in Macon County—Locality Described—Abraham Lincoln Engaged in Splitting Rails—Removal of His Father—Ho Settles in Coles County—Abraham Lincoln makes another Trip as a Flatboatman—Becomes Clerk in a Store on idis Return—Postmaster at New Salem..........................................................

C. H. A. P. t. E. R. I W.

Breaking Out of the Black Hawk War—The Invasion of 1831—The IRock-river Country Threatened—Prompt Action of Gov. Reynolds—Retreat of Black Hawk—Treaty of 1804–Bad Faith of the Indians—Invasion of 1832—Volunteers Called For—Abraham Lincoln one of a Company from Menard County— He is chosen Captain—Rendezvous at Beardstown—IIard Marches across the Country to Oquawka, Prophetstown, and Dixon—Expected Battle Avoided by the Enemy—Discontent among Volunteers—They are Disbanded—Captain Lincoln Remains, Volunteering for Another Term of Service—Skirmishing Fights— Arrival of New Levies—Encounter at Kellogg's Grove—Black Hawk at Four Lakes—He Retreats—Battle on the Wisconsin–Hastens Forward to the Mississippi—Battle of Bad-ax—End of Lincoln's First Campaign—Autobiographic

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C H A P T E R W.

A New Period in Mr. Lincoln's Life—His Political Opinions—Clay and Jackson— Mr. Lincoln a Candidate for Representative—Election in 1834–Illinois Strongly Democratic—Mr. Lincoln as a Surveyor—Land Speculation Mania—Mr. Lincoln's First Appearance in the Legislature—Banks and Internal Improvements—Whig Measures Democratically Botched—First Meeting of Lincoln with Douglas—The Latter Seeks an Office of the Legislature, and Gets it—Mr. Lincoln Re-elected in 1836—Mr. Douglas also a Member of the House—Distinguished Associates—Internal Improvements Again—Mr. Lincoln's Views on Slavery—The Capital Removed to Springfield—The New Metropolis—Revulsion of 1837—Mr. Lincoln Chosen for a Third Term—John Calhoun, of Lecompton Memory—Lincoln the Whig Leader, and Candidate for Speaker—Close Vote-

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C H A P T E R W II.

The Thirtieth Congress—Its Political Character—The Democracy in a Minority

in the House—Robert C. Winthrop Elected Speaker—Distinguished Members in

both Houses—Mr. Lincoln takes his Seat as a Member of the House, and Mr.

Douglas for the first time as a Member of the Senate, at the same Session—Mr.

Lincoln's Congressional Record that of a Clay and Webster Whig–The Mexi-

can War—Mr. Lincoln's Views on the Subject—Misrepresentations—Not an

Available Issue for Mr. Lincoln's Opponents—His Resolutions of Inquiry in

Regard to the Origin of the War—Mr. Richardson's Resolutions Indorsing

the Administration — Mr. Richardson's Resolutions for an Immediate Dis-

continuance of the War—Are Voted Against by Mr. Lincoln—Resolutions

of Thanks to Gen. Taylor—Mr. Henley's Amendment, and Mr. Ashmun's Addi-

tion thereto—Resolutions Adopted without Amendment—Mr. Lincoln's First

Specch in Congress, on the Mexican War—Mr. Lincoln on Internal Improve-

ments—A Characteristic Campaign Speech—Mr. Lincoln on the Nomination of

Gen. Taylor; the Veto Power; National Issues; President and People; Wil-

mot Proviso; Platforms; Democratic Sympathy for Clay; Military Heroes and

Exploits; Cass a Progressive; Extra Pay; the Whigs and the Mexican War;

Democratic Divisions—Close of the Session—Mr. Lincoln on the Stump-Gen.

Taylor's Election—Second Session of the Thirtieth Congress–Slavery in the

District of Columbia–Tho Public Lands—Mr. Lincoln as a Congressman—He

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C II A P T E R W II.
Military Events in the East—The Peninsular Campaign..................................... 835

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