The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 5: 1858– 1862

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

Address at Peekskill, New York, February 19, 1861

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:—I have but a moment to stand before you to listen to and return your kind greeting. I thank you for this reception, and for the pleasant manner in which it is tendered to me by our mutual friends. I will say in a single sentence, in regard to the difficulties that lie before me and our beloved country, that if I can only be as generously and unanimously sustained as the demonstrations I have witnessed indicate I shall be, I shall not fail; but without your sustaining hands I am sure that neither I nor any other man can hope to surmount these difficulties. I trust that in the course I shall pursue I shall be sustained not only by the party that elected me, but by the patriotic people of the whole country.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "Address at Peekskill, New York, February 19, 1861," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 5: 1858– 1862, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 5: 1858–1862 Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1ZW7NK44SCG9Z6.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "Address at Peekskill, New York, February 19, 1861." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 5: 1858– 1862, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 5: 1858–1862, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1ZW7NK44SCG9Z6.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'Address at Peekskill, New York, February 19, 1861' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 5: 1858– 1862, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 5: 1858–1862. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1ZW7NK44SCG9Z6.