Abraham Lincoln, "Hay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address, page 2, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln, "Hay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address, page 2, 1863

for us to be here dedicated to the great
task remaining before us--that from these
honored dead we take increased devotion
to that cause for which they here gave
the last full measure of devotion--that
we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain; that this
nation shall have a new birth of freedom;
and that this government of the people, by
the people, for the people, shall not perish
from the earth.


Abraham Lincoln
Manuscript title
"Hay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address, 1863
"The second draft of the Gettysburg Address, probably made by Lincoln shortly after his return to Washington from Gettysburg, was given to his secretary John Hay, whose descendants donated both it and the Nicolay copy to the Library of Congress in 1916. There are numerous variations in words and punctuation between these two drafts. Because these variations provide clues to Lincoln’s thinking and because these two drafts are the most closely tied to November 19, they continue to be consulted by scholars of the period." [1]
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Penmanship Style
Abraham Lincoln. "Hay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address, 1863. Manuscript. Page 2. John Hay Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress Digital ID # cw0127p2 [2]
File name
Lincoln Abraham 18xx-001-001-0xx
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