“Let us readopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it the practices and policy which harmonize with it. Let all Americans – let all lovers of liberty everywhere join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only save the Union, but we shall have so saved it as to make and keep it forever worthy of the saving.”
Speech at Peoria, October 16, 1854
“Many free countries have lost their liberties, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, may it be my proudest plume that I never deserted her.”
Speech at Springfield, December 26, 1839
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