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    Abraham Lincoln: Anonymous 1864 Election-Eve Manuscript Speech. Twelve-and-one-half pages written in pencil on lined, legal sheets (written on one or two sides), numbered 1 through 6. A rather florid and histrionic effort delivered on election eve, exhorting voters to support the Union ticket and "waving the bloody flag." Some excerpts: "We are met together for the last time on the eve preceding the great day upon which hangs the destiny of the American nation... Stand firm in the great conflict of the morrow, stand firm shoulder to shoulder in the cause of Union & the right, firm in our unalterable purpose to sustain the Gov. & the administration & to save the life of the nation by the triumphant re-election of Abraham the strength of the faithful... their Chicago Platform [Vallandigham and McClellan] if carried out would bring degradation upon us as a nation or eternal war... go to the polls and vote to sustain your brothers & friends upon the battle field until this rebellion is crushed & exterminated... vote for the re-election of the nation's patriot Abraham Lincoln of Illinois... Mo La & Maryland notwithstanding the dictum of old Judge Tawny have placed the crown of freedmen upon their brows & declared to the world that the black man has some rights which the white man is bound to respect... while I with your brave sons & brothers from Lake County was upon these battle fields shooting traitors & we tell you these battles were not failures but glorious victories for the Union cause... " The writer mentions various battles (Pea Ridge, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Prairie Grove, Kenesaw Mountain) and Union generals Grant, Sheridan, Rosecrans, Logan and Sherman. Adding irony: "... tear down the stars & stripes the emblem of our national liberty & run up the rattlesnake flag in its stand & say to foreign nations, say to the world that for an implied promise of peace you will get down upon your knees to a beaten enemy & brand yourselves a nation of cowards." Possibly not complete, but the speaker has added some "prompts" or notes at the end to guide him in his concluding remarks. Some ink stains along the edges. A fine example of an 1864 pro-Lincoln rally speech. It no doubt was enthusiastically received.


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