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One of the better presentations of the Gettysburg Address we have offered...

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November 20, 1863


* President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech
* Gettysburg Address at battlefield cemetery

One of the better Gettysburg Address issues we have offered, as the top of column 4 (of 8) is headed: "The Consecration  at Gettysburg". This historic report of the dedication of the national cemetery begins by detailing some of the particulars of the afternoon, including: "...the procession marched through the principal streets to the Cemetery, where the military formed in line and saluted the President...The President and members of the Cabinet...took position on the stand. The President seated himself between Mr. Seward and Mr. Everett...The attendance was quite large...After the performance of a funeral dirge by the band, an eloquent prayer was delivered by Rev. Mr. Stockton. Mr. Everett then delivered his oration, which was listened to with marked attention. The President then delivered the following dedicatory speech:"
And what follows is the full text of perhaps the most famous speech of the 19th century.  It begins: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation....", and ends with: "...that the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that government of people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Immediately following this is: "(Long continued applause.) Three cheers were here given for the President and the Governors of the States. After the delivery of this address, the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage departed about2 o'clock." 
Of significance with this report is its location near the top of the middle column of the front page. Also, most reports printed the full--and extremely lengthy--speech of Edward Everett, followed by the text of Lincoln's address. This reporting is "uncluttered" by the Everett address with the full account of the ceremonies taking 7 1/2 inches, of which 3 inches is the text of the Gettysburg Address. Plus, many newspapers printed the Gettysburg Address in their November 21 issue. This is dated November 20.
Actually the full text of the Everett address is on page 2 taking over half of the page.

Complete in four pages, never bound nor trimmed, large folio size measuring 21 1/4 by 29 1/2 inches, good condition.

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