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Newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 20, 1863, 8pp., presented in double sided glass frame, Fine. From the front page under the headline “President Lincoln’s Speech” is the full printing of the address. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. The report closes with “Mr. Lincoln sat down amid a scene of wild and lengthened excitement.” On November 18, President Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg to dedicate that cemetery, which was the final resting place of many who died that day. It was a solemn occasion and Lincoln gave a short speech, but that speech is now the most famous speech given by any American. Lincoln rose after Edward Everett’s two-hour dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, and “delivered the ‘few appropriate remarks’ requested of him, and in ten sentences not only did eternal justice to the many who had fallen, but articulated the very basis of the American democracy. Among the few newspapers who independently reported on this event was the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the nation’s leading papers, and one that still exists today.
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The FIRST PRINTING of the Gettysburg Address

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Minimum Bid: $2,200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,445.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Auction closed on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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