Reply to the Dred Scott Decision

Source: Frank Crosby, LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, HIS EARLY HISTORY AND POLITICAL CAREER; TOGETHER WITH…

Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society

Source:  Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume II, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

First Inaugural Address

Source: Abraham Lincoln, Inaugural Address Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American…

Fragment on the Constitution and Union

Source: New Letters and Papers of Lincoln, compiled by Paul M. Angle (Boston: Houghton Mifflin…

Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

Source: Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume II, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

“House Divided” Speech

Source: Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln, Centenary Edition, Volume III, Marion Mills Miller, ed.,…

First Inaugural Address (1861)

Source:  Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, Final Version, March 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers (Series 1: General Correspondence, 1833 to 1916), Library…

Letter to Nathaniel Banks

Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy Basler, Volume 6 (The Abraham Lincoln…

Letter to Nathaniel Banks

Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Papers: Series 1. General Correspondence. 1833-1916: Abraham Lincoln to Nathaniel P.…

Spot Resolutions

Printed Resolution and Preamble on Mexican War: “Spot Resolutions,” Abraham Lincoln Papers: Series 1, General…

Fragment on Government

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they…

Annual Message to Congress (excerpt)

It continues to develop that the insurrection is largely, if not exclusively, a war upon…

Speech on the Kansas Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois (abridged)

The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject…

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant

Major General Grant My dear General I do not remember that you and I ever…

Letter to George McClellan

Major General McClellan. My dear Sir. Your despatches complaining that you are not properly sustained,…

Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Fellow Countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there…

Stay of Execution for Nathaniel Gordon

Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, To all to whom these Presents…

Wade-Davis Bill and President Lincoln’s Pocket Veto Proclamation

Source: Abraham Lincoln, “Proclamation 115 – Concerning a Bill To Guarantee to Certain States, Whose…

Letter to James H. Hackett

MY DEAR SIR: Months ago I should have acknowledged the receipt of your book and…

Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment

I suppose you are going home to see your families and friends. For the service…

Fragment on Free Labor

Equality, in society, alike beats inequality, whether the latter be of the British aristocratic sort, or…

Letter to Matthew Birchard and Others

  Messrs M. Birchard David A Houk Geo. Bliss T. W. Bartley W. J. Gordon…

Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions

  We have all heard of Young America. He is the most current youth of…

First Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions

All creation is a mine, and every man, a miner. The whole earth, and all…

Letter to Mrs. Orville Browning

  Springfield Dear Madam: Without appologising[sic] for being egotistical, I shall make the history of…

Letter to John Johnston

  Dear Brother: On the day before yesterday I received a letter from Harriett, written…

Spot Resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives

  WHEREAS the President of the United States, in his message of May 11th. 1846,…

Letter to John Johnston

Dear Brother Your letter of the 22nd. is just received. Your proposal about selling the…

Letter to John Johnston

Dear Brother: When I wrote you before I had not received your letter. I still…

Letter to John D. Johnston

Dear Brother: When I came into Charleston daybefore yesterday, I learned that you are anxious…

Letter to William H. Seward

  Hon. W. H. Seward Executive Mansion My dear Sir My view of the present…

Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction

Source: Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863. https://goo.gl/HcmgVh Whereas, in and…

Response to a Serenade

  Fellow-citizens: I am very glad indeed to see you to-night, and yet I will…

Abraham Lincoln to General N.P. Banks

  Major General Banks, Yours of the 22nd. Inst. is just received. In the proclamation…

The “To Whom it May Concern” Letter

Executive Mansion, Washington, July 18, 1864. To Whom it may concern: Any proposition which embraces…

Abraham Lincoln to General Schurz

Private & confidential Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 10. 1862. Gen. Schurz. My dear Sir Yours…

To Lose Kentucky is to Lose the Whole Game

  Private & confidential. Hon. O. H. Browning My dear Sir Yours of the 17th…

Last Public Address

Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy Basler, Volume 8 (The Abraham Lincoln…

Letter to Thurlow Weed

  Thurlow Weed, Esq My dear Sir. Every one likes a compliment. Thank you for…

Response to a Serenade

  The President said he supposed the passage through Congress of the Constitutional amendment for…

Resolution Submitting the Thirteenth Amendment to the States

Thirty-Eighth Congress of the United States. A Resolution Submitting to the Legislatures of the several…

Story written for Noah Brooks

On thursday of last week two ladies from Tennessee came before the President asking the…

Letter to Mrs. Bixby

  Dear Madam,--- I have been shown in the files of the War Department a…

Response to a Serenade

  It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for…

Reply to Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible

This occasion would seem fitting for a lengthy response to the address which you have…

Meditation on the Divine Will

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance…

Letter to Mrs. Eliza P. Gurney

Eliza P. Gurney My esteemed friend. I have not forgotten———probably never shall forget———the very impressive…

Letter to George B. Ide, James R. Doolittle, and A. Hubbell

  Rev. Dr. Ide Hon. J. R. Doolittle & Hon. A. Hubbell Committee In response…

Letter to Frederick Steele

Sundry citizens of the State of Arkansas petition me that an election may be held…

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

  By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. It has pleased…
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