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While I was at the hotel to-day, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing perfect equality between the negroes and white people. While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me, I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything. I do not understand that because I do not want a negro woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife. My understanding is that I can just let her alone. I am now in my fiftieth year, and I certainly never had a black woman for either a slave or a wife. So it seems to me quite possible for us to get along without making either slaves or wives of negroes. I will add to this that I have never seen, to my knowledge, a man, woman, or child who was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political, between negroes and white men. Abraham Lincoln

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While

I

was

at

the

hotel

to

day



an

elderly

gentleman

called

upon

me

to

know

whether

I

was

really

in

favor

of

producing

perfect

equality

between

the

negroes

and

white

people



While

I

had

not

proposed

to

myself

on

this

occasion

to

say

much

on

that

subject



yet

as

the

question

was

asked

me



I

thought

I

would

occupy

perhaps

five

minutes

in

saying

something

in

regard

to

it



I

will

say

then

that

I

am

not



nor

ever

have

been



in

favor

of

bringing

about

in

any

way

the

social

and

political

equality

of

the

white

and

black

races



that

I

am

not



nor

ever

have

been



in

favor

of

making

voters

or

jurors

of

negroes



nor

of

qualifying

them

to

hold

office



nor

to

intermarry

with

white

people



and

I

will

say

in

addition

to

this

that

there

is

a

physical

difference

between

the

white

and

black

races

which

I

believe

will

forever

forbid

the

two

races

living

together

on

terms

of

social

and

political

equality



And

inasmuch

as

they

cannot

so

live



while

they

do

remain

together

there

must

be

the

position

of

superior

and

inferior



and

I

as

much

as

any

other

man

am

in

favor

of

having

the

superior

position

assigned

to

the

white

race



I

say

upon

this

occasion

I

do

not

perceive

that

because

the

white

man

is

to

have

the

superior

position

the

negro

should

be

denied

everything



I

do

not

understand

that

because

I

do

not

want

a

negro

woman

for

a

slave

I

must

necessarily

want

her

for

a

wife



My

understanding

is

that

I

can

just

let

her

alone



I

am

now

in

my

fiftieth

year



and

I

certainly

never

had

a

black

woman

for

either

a

slave

or

a

wife



So

it

seems

to

me

quite

possible

for

us

to

get

along

without

making

either

slaves

or

wives

of

negroes



I

will

add

to

this

that

I

have

never

seen



to

my

knowledge



a

man



woman



or

child

who

was

in

favor

of

producing

a

perfect

equality



social

and

political



between

negroes

and

white

men



Abraham

Lincoln



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