Performed by Fred Morsell on February 12, 2015
I come before you this evening with much diffidence: the rarest gifts and the best eloquence might well be employed here and now, and yet fail of justice to the dignity and solemnity of this occasion, as well as the character of the illustrious deceased we tonight remember. Had Abraham Lincoln died from any of the numerous ills to which flesh is heir; had he reached that good old age of which his vigorous constitution and his temperate habits gave promise; had he seen the end of the great work which it was his good fortune to inaugurate, our task this evening though sad and painful would be very simple.
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