Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Resolutions of Sympathy with the Cause of Hungarian Freedom [1]

September 6, 1849

Resolved, That in their present glorious struggle for liberty, the Hungarians, command our highest admiration, and have our warmest sympathy.

Resolved, That they have our most ardent prayers for their speedy triumph and final success.

Resolved, That the Government of the United States should acknowledge the Independence of Hungary as [a] Nation of freemen, at the very earliest moment consistent with our amicable relations with that Government, against which they are contending.

Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting, the immediate acknowledgment of the independence of Hungary by our government, is due from American freemen, to their struggling brethren, to the general cause of Republican liberty, and not a violation of the just rights of any Nation or people.


[1]   Illinois Journal, September 7, 1849. ``At a large meeting of citizens (at which many ladies were present,) . . . being called to order by S. FRANCIS, Esq., the Hon. DAVID DAVIS . . . was elected President. . . . On motion, the President appointed citizens John Todd, Wm. Carpenter, Abraham Lincoln, E. H. Merryman, Thomas Lewis, and David B. Campbell, [a] committee to draw up resolutions to express the sentiments of the members of this meeting in relation to the war now progressing in Hungary.'' Ibid.