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By Carol Kelly-Gangi

Abraham Lincoln: His crucial Wisdom gathers hundreds of thousands of quotations from Lincoln's letters, speeches, and different writings. the decisions are prepared in different types that mirror the levels of Lincoln's life—from his early years at the frontiers of Kentucky and Indiana via his upward thrust to prominence in legislations and politics in Illinois to his presidency.

In early love letters, Lincoln finds his hope for household tranquility. In impassioned communications with associates he assaults the establishment of slavery and its additional extension. In telegrams to his generals, his political savvy is printed in language that's either diplomatic and to the purpose. In letters to his spouse, he proves to be a relaxing husband, in addition to a doting father to his "dear rascals." The e-book additionally comprises the whole textual content of such landmark speeches because the Gettysburg deal with and the second one Inaugural deal with, within which Lincoln's phrases gave desire and solace to a kingdom torn apart.

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First Political Speech, Pappsville, Illinois, March 1832. Lincoln, aged 23, did not win the election; it was the only time he was ever defeated by popular vote. Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed. I am young and unknown to many of you. I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life.

Stanton regarding precautions advised for the President’s safety, January 22, 1862 I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me. —Letter to A. G. Hodges, April 4, 1864 I suppose it is good for the body. But the tired part of me is inside and out of reach. —Remark made during his presidency in response to a friend’s suggestion that he rest, from The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It by Richard Hofstadter You have little idea of the terrible weight of care and sense of responsibility of this office of mine.

Herndon and Jesse W. Weik My Friends: No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe every thing. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed.

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