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Fourth Joint Debate, Charleston, September 18, 1858,
"It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that 'I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.' "
First Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1861 (opens in its own screen)

Lincoln also said about ending slavery, "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that (1 ).

Abolitionist were concerned Lincoln would not free the slaves. William Lloyd Garrison felt the outbreak of the civil war should have caused the freeing of the slaves. He thought that Lincoln was "unwittingly helping to prolong the war, and to render the result more and more doubtful! If he is 6 feet 4 inches high, he is only a dwarf in mind!"(2 ).


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