Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Remarks at Newark, New Jersey [1]

February 21, 1861

MR. MAYOR: I thank you for the reception to your city, and would say in response, that I bring a heart sincerely devoted to the work you desire I should do. With my own ability I cannot succeed, without the sustenance of Divine Providence, and of this great, free, happy, and intelligent people. Without these I cannot hope to succeed; with them I cannot fail. Again I return you my thanks. [Cheers.]

Annotation

[1]   New York Tribune, February 22, 1861. Other papers reported the speech with wide latitude of verbal differences, but the substance is the same. FollowingPage  235

the remarks, Lincoln was driven through town in an open barouche to the ``upper depot'' where the train had proceeded, and where he was again introduced and ``made a few remarks, thanking the townspeople for their complimentary turnout. . . .'' (New York World, February 22).