Abraham Lincoln's Remarks at Rochester, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1861

Source citation
Remarks at Rochester, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1861, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 4: 208, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Original source
Beaver (PA) Argus
Type
Speech
Date Certainty
Exact
Transcriber
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953).

Remarks at Rochester, Pennsylvania

February 14, 1861

He remarked that he had no speech to make, as it was impossible to speak at every point where his fellow citizens greeted him, and thanked them for this expression of their wishes toward him. He was now on his way to Washington, and about the 4th of March he would speak to all who chose to hear him. A voice in the crowd enquired ``What will you do with the secessionists then?'' Turning toward the direction of the voice, Mr. Lincoln replied, ``My friend, that is a matter which I have under very grave consideration.''

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