AD, NIC. This copy was prepared upon request of George Bancroft for reproduction in facsimile in Autograph Leaves of Our Country's Authors (1864), a volume to be sold by the Baltimore Sanitary Fair. For particulars see Lincoln's letter to Bancroft, February 29, 1864, infra. This text is notable chiefly for Lincoln's change of ``upon this continent'' to ``on this continent.'' Written on both sides of a single sheet of paper, the manuscript was not suitable for reproduction, and hence Lincoln prepared the final copy, infra.
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