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    Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 1863 "New York Daily Tribune" Lincoln's address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863 is one of the most important and oft-quoted speeches ever given. We know of it today not from newsreel footage or streaming Internet video, but from reporters who wrote it down as it was spoken on November 17, 1863 and printed it in the newspapers of the period. The New York Tribune was one of the finest papers of the Civil War period and here is the issue, dated November 21, 1863, where it was first published. Allow us to quote it in full exactly as it appears here: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new Nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. [Applause] Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that Nation or any Nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we can not dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. [Applause] The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. [Applause] It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. [Applause] It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that the dead should not have died in vain [applause]; that the nation shall, unper [sic] God, have a new birth of freedom; and that governments of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. [Long-continued applause]" Lincoln was wrong; the world does remember what he said there. Note the minor text differences from Lincoln's written version of the speech with which we are more familiar. A twelve-page complete issue in very fine condition with only very light foxing, disbound but still attached at the spine, approximately 15.5" x 20.5" in size. This paper has excellent front page reporting of the Civil War and all the other expected content. A rare opportunity to own this first-hand account of a major historical event from Horace Greeley's legendary newspaper.

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