"At the outset of the rebellion, we were both unwilling and unable to believe that a civil war among us would ever actually come, till the suddent bombardment and fall of Sumter thrilled, like lightning, through the national heart, in the terrible conviction that civil war had already begun."
"The President and the nation uttered . . . the immortal proclamation of January 1, 1863, by which the heathenish shackles were knocked at a blow from four millions of wretched fellow-beings, at whose outrageous wrongs humanity had wept for ages, though powerless to break the tremendous strength, or alleviate the horrors of their iron bondage. "
"There is but one measure of greatness and glory which the American people will ever tolerate being use, in attempting to estimate the gradeur of Lincoln's excellence, and the brightness of his name. Upon a monumental column at the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square in London stands in marble the immortal Nelson, evermore attractive the gaze of the multitudes which are surging along at his feet, and remind them of patriotism, valor, and glory. The opposite, northwest corner has a similar pedestal column, but its empty top has for fifty years been awaiting the coming hero who should be found worthy to stand in marble beside the glorious Admiral, and divide with him the silent instruction of the surging, admiring throng. Mount Vernon, in the south of our land, planted on the bosom of slavery and chivalry, has hitherto held the form of the one great glory of our nation, whither pilgrims trod to admire the character of Washington, and receive new inspirations of liberty and patriotism at his tomb. The prairie of the north, in an atmosphere of purer freedom and sterner toil, has been standing, an empty pedestal, in the sight of heaven, though we knew it not, awaiting through these sixty-five years, the tomb of the coming hero who would be worthy to divide with the Father of his country the applause and inspiration of posterity. The path of patriot pilgrims will henceforth branch alike northward and southward to the resting place equally of the Founder of American Liberty, and the Destroyer of American Treason and Traitorous Slavery. Let us accustom our eyes to see glittering letters of immortality, and our ears to the golden sound which our children's children will chant, together, to the latest generation - WASHINGTON and LINCOLN! WASHINGTON and LINCOLN!
Bingham, Joel F. National Disappointment. A Discourse Occasioned by the Assassination of President Lincoln. Delivered in Westminster Church, Buffalo. Sunday Evening, May 7th, 1865. Buffalo: Breed, Butler, and Company. 1865. 36pp
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