Gettysburg Address (Nicolay Draft), November 19, 1863

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There are five versions of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln's handwriting. The "Nicolay Draft" or "Nicolay Copy" (named after young presidential aide John Nicolay) has traditionally been considered the first draft of the short speech that President Lincoln delivered at the Soldiers' National Cemetery on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It is written on two different types of paper, a first page on Executive Mansion stationery and produced in ink, and a second page, written in pencil, on lined paper. The Nicolay Draft is now held by the Library of Congress and only very rarely gets exhibited in public. (By Matthew Pinsker)

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Abraham Lincoln, Draft of the Gettysburg Address: Nicolay Copy, November 1863; Series 3, General Correspondence, 1837-1897; The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, D. C.
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  Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
  Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College


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