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Beginning of Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

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Fellow citizens of the United States:

In compliance with a as old as the
government itself, I appear before you address you
briefly, and to take, in your presence, the
prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, to
be by the President "before he enters on the
execution of his ."

I do not consider it necessary, at present, for
me discuss those matters of administration about
which there is no anxiety, or excitement.
Apprehension seems to exist among the
people of Southern States, that by the accession of
a Republican Administration, property, and
their peace, and personal security, are to be
endangered. has never been any reasonable
cause for such apprehension. Indeed, most ample
evidence to the contrary has all the while , and
been open to their inspection. It is found in all
the published speeches of him who now addresses
you. I but quote from one of those speeches when
I declare "I have no purpose, directly or
indirectly, to interfere with institution of slavery
in the States where it exists. I I have no lawful
right to do so, and I no inclination to do so."
Those who nominated and elected did so with full
knowledge that I had made this, many similar
declarations, and had never recanted them. And more
than this, they placed in the platform, for my
acceptance, and as a law to themselves, and to me, the
clear and emphatic resolution which I now read...
Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address Gap Text Quiz Game