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

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Looking back at Lincoln: On May 12, 1864



Poor Mr. Lincoln. More political difficulties on this day in 1864 --as if he needed that annoyance in the midst of the carnage that was taking place in the wilderness near Spotsylvania, where Grant and Lee had been slugging it out daily since late April. Over 14,000 Union soldiers were killed between May 8 to May 18 alone.

In this obviously frustrated note to Kansas Senator Samuel C. Pomeroy, Lincoln requests a ceasefire between Pomeroy and fellow Kansas Senator James H. Lane (each was pointedly backing a different candidate for Kansas District Assessor, and apparently neither was willing to back down.)

Executive Mansion
Washington May 12. 1864

Hon. Senator Pomeroy

Sir---

I did not doubt yesterday that you desired to see me about the appointment of Assessor in Kansas. I wish you and Lane would make a sincere effort to get out of the mood you are in. It does neither of you any good---it gives you the means of tormenting my life out of me, and nothing else. Yours &c A. LINCOLN
(I apologize for the lateness of this post -- technical difficulties, alas.)

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