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Nevertheless, slavery increased continually. I beg that you will pause a moment to consider the man who cleansed this terrible stain which obscured the stars of the American banner. I beg that you will pause a moment, for his immortal name has been invoked for the perpetuation of slavery. Ah ! the past century has not, the century to come will not have, a figure so grand, because as evil disappears, so disappears heroism also.
I have often contemplated and described his life. Born in a cabin of Kentucky, of parents who could hardly read ; born a new Moses in the solitude of the desert, where are forged ail great and obstinate thoughts, monotonous like the desert, and, like the desert, sublime ; growing up among those primeval forests, which, with their fragrance, send a cloud of incense, and, with their murmurs, a cloud of prayers to Heaven ; a boatman at eight years in the impetuous current of the Ohio, and at seventeen in the vast and tranquil waters of the Mississippi ; later a woodman, with axe and arm felling the immemorial trees, to open a way to unexplored regions for his tribe of wandering workers ; reading no other book than the Bible,* the book of great sorrows and great hopes, dictated often by prophets to the sound of fetters they dragged through Nineveh and Babylon; a child of Nature, in a word, by one of those miracles only comprehensible among free peoples he fought for the country and was raised by his fellow-citizens to the Congress at Washington, and by the nation to the Presidency of the Republic ; and when the evil grew more virulent, when those States were dissolved, when the slaveholders uttered their warcry, and the slaves their groans of despair—the woodcutter, the boatman, the son of the great West, the descendant of Quakers, humblest of the humble before his conscience, greatest of the great before history, ascends the Capitol, the greatest moral height of our time, and strong and serene with his conscience and his thought; before him a veteran army, hostile Europe behind him ; England favoring the South ; France encouraging reaction in Mexico, in his hands the riven country; he arms two million men, gathers a half million of horses, sends his artillery twelve hundred miles in a week, from the banks of the Potomac to the shores of Tennessee; fights more than six hundred battles ; renews before Richmond the deeds of Alexander, of Cæsar; and, after having emancipated three million slaves, that nothing might be wanting, he dies in the very moment of victory-like Christ, like Socrates, like all redeemers, at the foot of his work. His work! Sublime achievement ! over which humanity shall eternally shed its tears, and God his benediction !
* An error due to imperfect information on the part of the speaker. Lincoln read almost every book that came in his way.
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622 Bacon, Francis
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564 Bismarck, Prince Otto von
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446 Bright, John
Macaulay, Thomas Babington
553 Brougham, Lord Henry
Magnus, Albertus . Burke, Edmund . . .
Manning, Henry Edward
602 Cæsar, Caius Julius 417 Massillon, Jean Baptiste .
452 Calvin, John 441 Mazzini, Giuseppe
625 Canning, George 510 Mirabeau, Count Honoré de
590 Castelar, Emilio .
637 Cato, Marcus Porcius
575 Cavour, Count Camillo di
629 Chamberlain, Joseph
517 Chatham, Earl of ..
472 Chesterfield, Earl of . 468 Palmerston, Viscount
524 Cicero, Marcus Tullius
587 Cobden, Richard
557 Coke, Sir Edward
526 Cousin, Victor.
395 Crispi, Francesco
502 Cromwell, Oliver 466 Pym, John
463 Curran, John Philpot
Robespierre, Maximilien Isidore de. 604 Danton, George Jacques .
Russell, Lord John
430 Eliot, Sir John 461 Saint Bernard .
434 Emmet, Robert
452 Erskine, Lord Thomas . 485 Sheil, Richard L.
533 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
496 Fénelon, François . 449 Smith, Sydney
513 Fox, Charles James 481 Spurgeon, Charles H.
584 Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn
581 Gambetta, Léon.
619 Gladstone, William Ewart 547 Thiers, Louis Adolphe .
613 Gracchus, Caius.
415 Grattan, Henry 489 Vergniaud, Pierre .
595 Hugo, Marie Victor . 616 Wesley, John. ..
569 Whitefield, George
572 Isocrates .. 401 Wilberforce, William
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