Abraham Lincoln, "Nicolay Copy" of the Gettysburg Address, page 1, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln, "Nicolay Copy" of the Gettysburg Address, page 1, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought
forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived
in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that
"all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war,
testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived,
and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met
on a great battle field of that war. We have
come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final rest-
ing place for those who died here that nation
might live. This we may, an all propriety do. But, in a
larger sense, we can not dedicate--we can not
consecrate--we can not hallow this ground--
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled
here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long
remember what we say here; while it can never
forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, we here be dedicated


Abraham Lincoln
Manuscript title
"Nicolay Copy" of the Gettysburg Address, 1863
"This document represents the earliest known of the five drafts of what may be the most famous American speech. Delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of a memorial cemetery on November 19, 1863, it is now familiarly known as the “Gettysburg Address.” Drawing inspiration from his favorite historical document, the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln equated the catastrophic suffering caused by the Civil War with the efforts of the American people to live up to “the proposition that ’all men are created equal.’” This document is presumed to be the only working, or pre-delivery, draft and is commonly identified as the Nicolay Copy because it was once owned by John George Nicolay, Lincoln’s private secretary. The first page is on White House (then Executive Mansion) stationery, lending strong support to the theory that it was drafted in Washington, D.C. But the second page is on what has been loosely described as foolscap, suggesting that Lincoln was not fully satisfied with the final paragraph of the Address and rewrote that passage in Gettysburg, on November 19, while staying at the home of Judge David Wills." [1]
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Penmanship Style
Abraham Lincoln. "Nicolay Copy" of the Gettysburg Address, 1863. Holograph manuscript. Page 1. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress Digital ID# al0186p1[2]
File name
Lincoln Abraham 18xx-001-001-0xx
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