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Abraham Lincoln Says

" I shall endeavor to take the ground I deem most just to the North, the East, the West, the South, and the whole country.

I take it, I hope, in good temper-certainly with no malice toward any section.

I shall do all that may be in my power to promote a peaceful settlement of all our difficulties.

The man does not live who is more devoted to peace than I am. None who would do more to preserve it.

But it may be necessary to put the foot down firmly. And if I do my duty and do right, you will sustain me, will you not?"

 -Speech to the New Jersey State Assembly, Feb. 1861