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Abraham Lincoln to Edward Everett, February 4, 1864

Abraham Lincoln, Brady image, 1863, detail
Ten weeks previously, Edward Everett had delivered his two hour oration at the Gettysburg dedication of the new Soldier's Cemetery, just before President Lincoln delivered his short "dedicatory remarks." The day after, he sent a gracious note with high praise for Lincoln's words. Here President Lincoln acknowledges the receipt of the copy of Everett's speech he had sent and responds to Everett's request for a hand-written copy of his Lincoln's address for the purpose of raising funds for the Ladies' Committee of the Metropolitan Sanitary Fair in New York, and for his permission also to use the compliments the men exchanged in November 1863. The transcription Lincoln provided that day became "the Everett Copy," one of only five copies Lincoln wrote that survive today. (By John Osborne)


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