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than any other man of his own or of any other time, Mr. Lincoln had but one character and one mode of action, in public and private affairs.
It is the purpose of this work, so far as possible, to facilitate this inquiry. Every public speech, message, letter, or document of any sort from his pen, so far as accessible, will be found included in its pages. These documents, with the narrative by which they are accompanied, may, it is hoped, aid the public in understanding aright the character and conduct of the most illustrious actor, in the most important era, of American history.
1. PORTRAIT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, engraved by A. H. RITCHIE
& FAC-SIMILE OF PRESIDENT LINCOLNS LETTER TO MR. RAYMOND .589, 590