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LIFE AND PUBLIC SERVICES

OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN,

SIXTEENTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Together. With

HIS STATE PAPERS,

InCLUDInG

HIS SPEECHES, ADDRESSES, MESSAGES, LETTERS,
AND PROCLAMATIONS,

AND

THE CLOSING SCENES CONNECTED WITH HIS LIFE AND DEATH. * * * *

BY

HENRY J. R. AYMOND.
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MMTS AND PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF PRESIDENT LINCOIN, By FRANK B. CARPENTER. .

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865,

BY DERBY & MILLER,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

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PREFACE.

DURING the Presidential canvass of 1864, the author of this work prepared for its publishers a volume upon the Administration of President Lincoln. Its main object was to afford the American people the materials for forming an intelligent judgment as to the wisdom of continuing Mr. Lincoln, for four years more, in the Presidential Office.

That canvass resulted in his re-election. But he had scarcely entered upon the duties and responsibilities of his second term, when his career was closed by assassination. He had lived long enough, however, to finish the great work which had devolved upon him. Belore his eyes were closed, they beheld the overthrow of the rebellion, the extirpation of slavery, and the restotation, over all the land, of the authority of the Constitution of the United States.

Not the people of his own country alone, but all the world, will study with interest the life and public acts of one whose work was at once so great and so successful. The principles which guided his conduct, and the policy by which he sought to carry them out— the temper and character which were the secret sources of his strength—will be sought and found in the acts and words of his public life. For more truly, perhaps,

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