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

Remarks at Springfield, Illinois [1]

November 20, 1860

FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS:---Please excuse me, on this occasion, from making a speech. I thank you for the kindness and compliment of this call. I thank you, in common with all others, who have thought fit, by their votes, to indorse the Republican cause. I rejoice with you in the success which has, so far, attended that cause. Yet in all our rejoicing let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all AmericanPage  143 citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.

Let me again beg you to accept my thanks, and to excuse me from further speaking at this time.


[1]   Illinois State Journal, November 21, 1860. Lincoln made his remarks when called out by a parade of Wide-Awakes which passed the Lincoln home on the way to the Wigwam where Senator Trumbull and others were to address a Republican victory celebration.