Excerpt from A Discourse in Memory of Our Late President, Abraham Lincoln: Delivered in the First Parish Church, Holliston, Mass;, Thursday, June 1, 1865 If the labor which we thus assume be difficult, it is not because the subject in itself is either intricate or obscure. Within the whole range of my historical reading, I know of no public character more thoroughly transparent, more read ily understood than that of our late President. From the first advent of Mr. Lincoln on the political stage, until the curtain dropped so suddenly, he carried his heart (so to speak) pinned upon his sleeve, where every one could see it, just as it was from day to day. He had no concealments. Every step which he took in his political education became the public property almost as soon as he became aware of it himself. There is a most unusual simplicity about his life almost a child's life to the last, yet in the manliest propor tions. This makes it no easy thing to speak rightly and in telligently Of this mightier than kingly potentate, who wield ed more than the power of a Louis XIV, with the artless rectitude, the child-like directness, of an Edward VI.
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