'I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the
Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in
accordance with the original idea for which that struggle [The Revolutionary
War] was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble
instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people,
for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.'
'I am naturally antislavery. If slavery is not
wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think and feel.
And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an
unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling.'