I do the very best I know how the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to any thing. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
To you, more than to any others, the privilege is given, to assure that happiness [of saving the Union], and swell that grandeur, and to link your own names therewith forever.
Property is the fruit of labor—property is desirable—is a positive good in the world.
Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much