Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln

Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln

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Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln

Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln

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All that concerns Abraham Lincoln is dear and sacred; particularly is this so of his written words. Few men have been able to give to what they set down more clarity and more of personal flavor. Thus the thing that is dear to us because it is his delights us because of its quality. Moreover, nothing that he wrote is without importance. However slight, it may serve as a link; whatever it is, it adds something to our knowledge of his way of thinking, of his way of dealing with men, of the kind of activities which engaged him. Even a single new piece is sure to attract the attention of the large group that study his life. A collection of new pieces such as Mr. Tracy presents in this volume is as valuable as it is unexpected.

It is surprising that such a collection should be possible at this date. At least twice before it has been said and believed by publishers, "Here is all he wrote." Nicolay and Hay entitled their two volumes of letters and speeches, published in 1894, Complete Works. The editor of the Gettysburg Edition, published in 1906, claimed, and of course believed, that he was making a final edition of Lincoln's works. The Gettysburg Edition was a prelude to the one hundredth anniversary of . . .

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