Abraham Lincoln - head & shoulders portrait
[Rights-free portrait of Abraham Lincoln from the Library of Congress]
Extract of the President Abraham Lincoln's letter in respone to the Working People of Manchester, 19th January, 1863:
"...I know and deeply deplore the sufferings which the working people of Manchester and in all Europe are called to endure in this crisis. It has been often and studiously represented that the attempt to overthrow this Government which was built on the foundation of human rights, and to substitute for it one which should rest exclusively on the basis of slavery, was likely to obtain the favour of Europe.
"Through the action of disloyal citizens, the working people of Europe have been subjected to a severe trial for the purpose of forcing their sanction to that attempt. Under the circumstances I cannot but regard your decisive utterances on the question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country. It is indeed an energetic and re-inspiring assurance of the inherent truth and of the ultimate and universal triumph of justice, humanity and freedom.
"I hail this interchange of sentiments, therefore, as an augury that, whatever else may happen, whatever misfortune may befall your country or my own, the peace and friendship which now exists between the two nations will be, as it shall be my desire to make them, perpetual."
TITLE: [Abraham Lincoln, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]
RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: [photograph taken 1863 Nov. 8, c1900]