Lincoln’s Final State of the Union Message, 1864
Newspaper. New York Observer, New York, N.Y., Dec. 8, 1864. 8 pp. Page 2 contains the complete printing of Lincoln’s last State-of-the-Union address.
“In presenting the abandonment of armed resistance to the national authority on the part of the insurgents as the only indispensable condition to ending the war on the part of the Government, I retract nothing heretofore said as to slavery. I repeat the declaration made a year ago...I shall not attempt to retract or modify the emancipation proclamation....If the people should, by whatever mode or means, make it an Executive duty to re-enslave such persons, another, and not I, must be their instrument to perform it. In stating a single condition of peace I mean simply to say that the war will cease on the part of the Government whenever it shall have ceased on the part of those who began it.”