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Wrong as we think slavery is, we can yet afford to let it alone where it is, because that much is due to the necessity arising from its actual presence in the nation; but can we, while our votes will prevent it, allow it to spread into the National Territories, and to overrun us here in these Free States? If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and effectively. Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living man nor a dead man such as a policy of "don't care" on a question about which all true men do care such as Union appeals beseeching true Union men to yield to Disunionists, reversing the divine rule, and calling, not the sinners, but the righteous to repentance such as invocations to Washington, imploring men to unsay what Washington said, and undo what Washington did. Abraham Lincoln

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Wrong

as

we

think

slavery

is



we

can

yet

afford

to

let

it

alone

where

it

is



because

that

much

is

due

to

the

necessity

arising

from

its

actual

presence

in

the

nation



but

can

we



while

our

votes

will

prevent

it



allow

it

to

spread

into

the

National

Territories



and

to

overrun

us

here

in

these

Free

States



If

our

sense

of

duty

forbids

this



then

let

us

stand

by

our

duty



fearlessly

and

effectively



Let

us

be

diverted

by

none

of

those

sophistical

contrivances

wherewith

we

are

so

industriously

plied

and

belabored



contrivances

such

as

groping

for

some

middle

ground

between

the

right

and

the

wrong



vain

as

the

search

for

a

man

who

should

be

neither

a

living

man

nor

a

dead

man



such

as

a

policy

of

"don

t

care"

on

a

question

about

which

all

true

men

do

care



such

as

Union

appeals

beseeching

true

Union

men

to

yield

to

Disunionists



reversing

the

divine

rule



and

calling



not

the

sinners



but

the

righteous

to

repentance



such

as

invocations

to

Washington



imploring

men

to

unsay

what

Washington

said



and

undo

what

Washington

did



Abraham

Lincoln



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