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BY

MRS. P. A. HANAFORD,

AUTHOR OF "OUR MARTYRED PRESIDENT," "THE YOUNG CAPTAIN," ETC.

4 That life is long which answers life's great end." —Young.

1 God buries his workmen, but carries on the work." —Charles Wesley.

1 The righteous hath hope in his death."—Pro v. xiv. 32.

BOSTON:

B. B. RUSSELL AND COMPANY.

S. S. BOYDEN, Chicago, Iii.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by

B. B. RUSSELL AND COMPANY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

PRINTED BY
GEO. C. RAND & AVERT.

TO

ALL LOYAL MEN AND WOMEN,
NORTH AND SOUTH, EAST AND WEST,

TO

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AND ESPECIALLY

TO THE LONG-OPPRESSED RACE FOR WHOM

President Lincoln

WROTE

THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION,

THIS RECORD OF HIS STAINLESS LIFE AND
MARTYR'S DEATH IS NOW

INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

It has been thought that a biography of our martyred President, brief yet comprehensive, and published in a style which would bring it within the limits of all who would buy any volume, ought to be published at once.

Of this remarkable man it can be said, as it was said of our Lord Jesus Christ, "The common people heard him gladly;" and therefore a memoir -expressly designed for the mass of readers in our country cannot fail to be warmly welcomed.

There will doubtless be many biographies of our late President, written by different pens, and of varying size, style, and merit. But the field is open to all; and no one has a right to monopolize it, and thus prohibit others from labor in the same direction. Every new book finds new readers, and meets some unsupplied demand. If a volume, like this now offered, be indeed — as it is supposed to be — a desideratum, its own readers, for whom it is designed, will cluster about it, and the hopes of its author and publisher be realized.

The special aim of this volume is twofold: First, To present a truthful picture of the character of the great and good man who has fallen among us; delineating, as far as possible in narrating the events of his life, the growth and development of those grand and heroic virtues which stamp him with the unmistakable seal of Heaven's approval, and make his name

"One of the few, the immortal names,
That were not born to die."

And, secondly, To show that "the course of human events" was such, during his earthly existence, and his relation to them so peculiar in the providence of God, as to indicate that he was specially commissioned for his day and work, —^ a

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