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Entered according to Act of Congress, May 8, 1872,
By John CARROLL POWER,
Entered according to Act of Congress, Oct. 16, 1874,
By John CARROLL POWER,
Entered according to Act of Congress, Nov. 4, 1874,
By JOAN CARROLL POWER,
Entered according to Act of Congress, June 5, 1882,
By JOHN CARROLL POWER,
YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Of all stations in life, this volume is most respectfully
In presenting to the reading public a new volume on the life of Abraham Lincoln, I do not claim to have discovered any new mines of truth, but my
aim has been to present old truths in a new and attractive dress, to divest the subject of all irrelevant and redundant matter, and give a concise and connected account of the life, public services and tragic death of the wonderful man whose character seems to enlarge and expand the more it is studied.
I have drawn extensively upon other biographers and historians, especially the writings of Hon. I. N. Arnold, Dr. J. G. Holland, J. H. Barrett, Ward H. Lamon, and others. In addition to the published works on the subjeet, I have derived very great advantage from more than four years residence among the people where Mr. Lincoln spent neariy thirty years of his life, and from a personal acquaintance with every member of the National Lincoln Monument Association.
I have not felt called upon to defend Mr. Lincoln's character against unfavorable criticisms of his religious views. His own words will answer them more thoroughly than anything I could say, and I must confess my astonishment at finding in his writings so many places where he unqualifiedly gives expression to his belief in the overruling power of divine providence, and of his reliance on God for support and guidance. This feeling evidently strengthened, as he advanced in life. I am one of those who believe that God can and does convert men from the error of their ways, to be living epistles of the truths contained in His word; and that He did touch and turn the heart of Abraham Lincoln, his own words abundantly testify.
That wonderful funeral journey, which has no parallel in human history, except that of the Israelites carrying the body of the patriarch Jacob up out of Egypt, is delineated in detail.
The characteristics which distinguish this book from all others, touching the life of Abraham Lincoln, are: the Map, showing the course of his life and funeral ; and the full and minute account of the building and dedication of the National Lincoln Monument, erected by a grateful people as a visible symbol of their desire to commemorate his virtues.
J. C. P. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., Dec. 1874.