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An authentic and complete issue of the Boston Daily Journal, December 2, 1862, 4pp., disbound, VG. From the front page “President’s Message” runs 3-7/8 columns, signed in type Abraham Lincoln. Fascinating wealth of information as President Lincoln continues on the path of holding the Union together. two-thirds of the message addresses Compensated Emancipation. In small part, “On the 22d day of September last a proclamation was issued by the Executive, a copy of which is herewith submitted. In accordance with the purpose expressed in the second paragraph of that paper, I now respectfully recall your attention to what may be called ‘compensated emancipation.’" ... “In this view I recommend the adoption of the following resolution and articles amendatory to the Constitution of the United States: Every State wherein slavery now exists which shall abolish the same therein at any time or times before the 1st day of January., A.D. 1900, shall receive compensation from the United States ... All slaves who shall have enjoyed actual freedom by the chances of the war at any time before the end of the rebellion shall be forever free; but all owners of such who shall not have been disloyal shall be compensated for them at the same rates as is provided for States adopting abolishment of slavery ... Congress may appropriate money and otherwise provide for colonizing free colored persons with their own consent at any place or places without the United States. ... The plan is proposed as permanent constitutional law. It can not become such without the concurrence of, first, two-thirds of Congress, and afterwards three-fourths of the States. ... Is it doubted, then, that the plan I propose, if adopted, would shorten the war, and thus lessen its expenditure of money and of blood? Is it doubted that it would restore the national authority and national prosperity and perpetuate both indefinitely? Is it doubted that we here--Congress and Executive can secure its adoption? Will not the good people respond to a united and earnest appeal from us?”
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President Lincoln’s Second State of the Union Message - Compensation Emancipation

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