What you have said, Mr. President, fully satisfies me that you have given to every proposition which has been made, a kind and candid consideration. And you have now expressed the conclusion to which you have arrived, clearly and distinctly.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I… (read more)
The law of the Creator, which invests every human being with an inalienable title to freedom, cannot be repealed by… (read more)
What can be indissoluble if a perpetual Union, made more perfect, is not?
The Proclamation does not, indeed, mark out exactly the course I should myself prefer. But I am ready to take… (read more)
A resignation is a grave act; never performed by a right minded man without forethought or with reserve.
I never refused my help to any person black or white; and I liked the office nonetheless because there were… (read more)
Once I should have been, if not satisfied, partially, at least, contented with suffrage for the intelligent and those who… (read more)