Proceedings at the ... Annual Lincoln Dinner of the Republican Club of the City of New York, Volume 16

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Página 29 - He sincerely hopes that your views and your action may so accord with his as to assure all faithful citizens who have been disturbed in their rights of a certain and speedy restoration to them, under the Constitution and the laws. And having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
Página 24 - So large an army as the government has now on foot was never before known without a soldier in it but who has taken his place there of his own free choice. But more than this, there are many single regiments whose members, one and another, possess full practical knowledge of all the arts, sciences, professions, and whatever else, whether useful or elegant, is known in the world; and there is scarcely one from which there could not be selected a President, a Cabinet, a Congress, and perhaps a court,...
Página 14 - Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; and that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Página 21 - Is there no evidence here of intellect, of understanding, of real leadership? The position taken and maintained in this great debate was not compromise — as many charged then. It was a wide view of the present, a far view into the future — as we understand now. It was not compromise in any sense; it was complete comprehension, complete wisdom, complete sanity. Mr. Lincoln was always supremely sane. We love the leader of a forlorn hope; we love the man who will sacrifice all for a cause; we admire...
Página 29 - The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail to accurately perceive them in advance. We hoped for a happy termination of this terrible war long before this; but God knows best, and has ruled otherwise. We shall yet acknowledge His wisdom and our own error therein.
Página 14 - Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.
Página 21 - God dwelleth in eternity and has an infinite leisure to roll forward the affairs of men." And as the scales fall from our eyes, shall we not more and more see and feel how much greater, grander, and more sublime is the silent, suffering intelligent patience and endurance of Lincoln, than the holy scorn and righteous, tempestuous wrath of these others? And so the period of debate came to an end, and the period of action arrived. The nation, blind and tormented, was feeling about for its deliverer;...
Página 29 - Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Página 21 - A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect that it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Página 26 - It was in the oath I took that I would to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. I could not take the office without taking the oath. Nor was it my view that I might take an oath to get power, and break the oath in using the power.

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