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Abraham Lincoln
Farewell to Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 11, 1861
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My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling
of sadness at this parting. To this place and the kindness of
this people I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a
century and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my
children have been born and one is buried.

I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return,
with a task before me greater than that which rested upon
Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being who
ever attended him I cannot succeed. With that assistance I
cannot fail.

Trusting in Him who can go with me and remain with you and
be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will
yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers
you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

(Lincoln's Farewell Address to the citizens of Springfield,
Illinois on February 11, 1861, before leaving to serve as
president of a nation on the verge of Civil War.)
 

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