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Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual. At such a time, and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world. Abraham Lincoln

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Whenever this effect shall be produced among us whenever the vicious portion of our population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands and burn churches ravage and rob provision stores throw printing presses into rivers shoot editors and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity depend upon it this government cannot last By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it and thus it will be left without friends or with too few and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual At such a time and under such circumstances men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity strike the blow and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world Abraham Lincoln

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