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Image from page 229 of “Abraham Lincoln : the true story of a great life : showing the inner growth, special training, and peculiar fitness of the man for his work” (1884)

Image from page 229 of “Abraham Lincoln : the true story of a great life : showing the inner growth, special training, and peculiar fitness of the man for his work” (1884)
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Title: Abraham Lincoln : the true story of a great life : showing the inner growth, special training, and peculiar fitness of the man for his work
Year: 1884 (1880s)
Authors: Stoddard, William Osborn, 1835-1925
Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Presidents
Publisher: New York : Fords, Howard, & Hulbert
Contributing Library: Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
Digitizing Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Services through an Indiana State Library LSTA Grant

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of peace lay in such a restric-tion of the area and resources of the rebellion as should dis-hearten its leaders by convincing them of foregone failure.It was indeed a faint hope, but it was honest and merciful,and it was carefully encouraged by Mr. Lincoln in the heartsof the yet undecided masses of the disputable Southern areas,until they were made ready to turn in their wrath against theconspirators whose violence disappointed them. On his arrival at Philadelphia, Mr. Lincoln received a grimwarning that he had reached the borders of the doubtful terri-tory for the control of which the rebel leaders were intriguing. The State of Maryland was in a condition of fierce but some-what vague fermentation, and the city of Baltimore was hardlyless bitter against Abolitionism than was Richmond itself. Onthe other hand, it is equally true that if, at as early a day, Rich-mond could have been forcibly occupied and controlled as wasBaltimore soon after this date, quite as much and as genuine a

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LIFE MASK OF LINCOLN.Taken by the Sculptor, Vokes, in the year i860. PRESIDENT. 201 Union sentiment would have been found there, or surelywould have been developed by similar processes. Mr. Lincolns responsible advisers were warned of whatseemed to be a desperate plot for his murder while on the roadto Washington. Whether or not their conclusions were wellsustained by the evidence in their possession is of no impor-tance whatever. They were convinced of the reality of theimpending peril, and every consideration forbade to them orhim the crime of running a needless risk of such a disaster.No question of mere vanity of individual courage could be en-tertained for a moment. The trip across Maryland was there-fore made suddenly and in private, and the Chief Magistrate-elect of the United States entered the Capital unexpectedly toall, and without so much as a group of waiting officials to wel-come him. There had been no attempt at personal disguise,nor any really undignified concealment on

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