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With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nations wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphanto do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

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Source Notes: Source: President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, second inaugural address, conclusion, March 4, 1865.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 8, p. 333 .Both the Gettysburg address and the Second Inaugural Address mark the height of Lincolns eloquence. The London Times called the latter the most sublime state paper of the century. Exactly two months later it was read over its authors grave.Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, new and enl. ed., ed. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, vol. 9, p. 44, footnote .An excerpt appears on a plaque on the Veterans Administration building in Washington, D.C.: To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party.

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