Home > Lincoln's famous letter to Greeley, with Greeley's response...
Show image list »
Lincoln's famous letter to Greeley, with Greeley's response...
Item # 652890
August 25, 1862
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Aug. 25, 1862
* Famous Abraham Lincoln letter
* "A Prayer of Twenty Millions" reply
* Horace Greeley
On page 4 is one of the more famous letters from Abraham Lincoln, being his reply to Horace Greeley's editorial of August 20, "A Prayer of Twenty Millions", which urged emancipation. Lincoln replies in his letter with his famous quote: "My paramount object...is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it...", signed in type: A. LINCOLN. The full text of the letter is seen in the photos. A significant document expressing Lincoln's views on slavery from the middle of the Civil War.
As an added treat this is followed by a complete printing of: "Mr. Greeley's Response" which takes most of a column & is signed by him in type: Horace Greeley & dated Aug. 24, 1862. And the same page has column heads: "The President's Letter to Mr. Greeley" "Dr. Brownson Has A Talk With the President' "The President Gives Some Hope on Emancipation".
It is rare to find both letters in the same newspaper. Terrific to have this content in Horace Greeley's newspaper!
Eight pages, the issue is printed slightly askew on the paper but no text loss. Irregular at the spine from disbinding causes loss to a few words but not in mentioned reports.
Category: The Civil War