Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Looking back at Lincoln: On March 18, 1836

On this day in 1836, Lincoln discovered that his horse was missing from a Springfield, Illinois stable. He took out a 'lost and found' ad in the Sangamo Journal (March 26, 1836,) as follows:

Advertisement for a Lost Horse [1]
March 26, 1836

FROM a stable in Springfield, on Wednesday, 18th inst. [2] a large bay horse, star in his forehead, plainly marked with harness; supposed to be eight years old; had been shod all round, but is believed to have lost some of his shoes, and trots and paces. Any person who will take up said horse, and leave information at the Journal office, or with the subscriber at New-salem, shall be liberally paid for their trouble.



[1] Sangamo Journal, March 26, 1836.

[2] March 18, 1836 was on a Thursday.

It's actually a little comforting to note that the man who was to be the greatest president in our history - at times - confused the days of the week just like (many of) the rest of us.

I've also noticed in his correspondences concerning Fort Sumter, that he often spelled the name 'Fort Sumpter.' I am not sure if the spelling has actually changed over time, or if he simply spelled it as it sounded. That Lincoln made mistakes, occasionally misspelled words and confused the day of the week that his horse was stolen keeps him a little more human, and a little less legend.

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