The Life and Public Services of Hon. Abraham Lincoln: With a Portrait on Steel, to Which Is Added a Biographical Sketch of Hon. Hannibal Hamlin (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Life and Public Services of Hon. Abraham Lincoln: With a Portrait on Steel, to Which Is Added a Biographical Sketch of Hon. Hannibal Hamlin

In compiling this selection of Lincoln's works, I have been guided by one principle or purpose. I have chosen those writ ings which illustrate Lincoln's political and social philosophy and his views on the great issues of his day. My attempt has been to present Lincoln the philosopher of democracy. I have not tried to present the complete Lincoln.

I have taken these selections from published collections of Lincoln's works. For the most part, I have reproduced the speeches and letters as they are given in these earlier works, including punctuation and spelling. The first editors of Lin coln's works, John G. Nicolay and John Hay, edited Lincoln to achieve a formal correctness. The changes they made were of a minor nature and did no violence to Lincoln's meaning. I have taken Nicolay and Hay as the closest possible approach to the original documents. Wherever I have omitted a portion of a speech or a' letter, I have indicated that omission by asterisks.

Many people have helped me prepare this book. Two who deserve particular mention are my wife and Miss Vivian Wintz of Louisiana State University. My greatest debt of gratitude is to Paul M. Angle of the Illinois State Historical Society for his invaluable advice and assistance.

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