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Which speech did Lincoln say would "wear as well as-- perhaps better than--any thing I have produced"?

On March 4, 1865, President Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address to a huge outdoor audience at Washington, D.C. Lincoln scholar Mark E. Neely, Jr. says the speech provoked a mixed response: "Democrats disliked it, but most Republican newspapers praised it."

The next day, Lincoln gave insights about the speech in a letter to politician Thurlow Weed: "Every one likes a compliment. Thank you for yours on my little notification speech, and on the recent Inaugeral Address. I expect the latter to wear as well as--perhaps better than--any thing I have produced; but I believe it is not immediately popular. Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. To deny it, however, in this case, is to deny that there is a God governing the world. It is a truth which I thought needed to be told."

Even if you have read this speech many times before, consider reading it again. It's short and you can see the entire text here.

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