Dr. Daniel W. Stowell, Director and Edi-tor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, delivered the following address at a lunch-eon held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on April 18, 2008, to formally release the four-volume “The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases.”

Thank you for your attendance at this event. You honor us, our predecessors, and our collective achievement by your presence here today. When I was growing up, we some-times referred to something insignificant as “nothing earth-shaking.” When I awoke this morning at 4:30 to an earth-quake here in central Illinois, I thought perhaps we have made a seismic contribution to Lincoln studies after all.

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