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Lincoln, Abraham; Nicolay, John G., ed; Hay, John, ed. 'Letter to James N. Brown, October 18, 1858' in 'The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, v. 5' . New York: Francis D. Tandy Company, 1894, 1858. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: Northern Illinois University
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lays the foundations of society; and, in laying those foundations, I say, with Mr. Clay, it is desirable that the declaration of the equality of all men shall be kept in view, as a great fundamental principle; and that Congress, which lays the foundations of society, should, like Mr. Clay, be strongly opposed to the incorporation of slavery among its elements.

But it does not follow that social and political equality between white and black, must be incorporated, because slavery must not. The declaration does not so require.

Yours as ever,
A. LINCOLN.

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Lincoln, Abraham; Nicolay, John G., ed; Hay, John, ed. 'Letter to James N. Brown, October 18, 1858' in 'The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, v. 5' . New York: Francis D. Tandy Company, 1894, 1858. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: Northern Illinois University
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=NH558c.html
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