I typed the address from Facsimile of the Final Revision published in Autograph Leaves of Our Country’s Authors, 1864. Grammar and punctuation is in accordance to Lincoln’s time period.


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, and 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 hollow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The will little note, or 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.

November 19, 1863


From Edward Everett to Abraham Lincoln 1, November 20, 1863
225 H Street 1863
My dear Sir,
Not wishing to intrude upon your privacy, when you must be much engaged, I beg leave, in this way, to thank you very sincerely for your great thoughtfulness for my daughter’s accommodation on the Platform yesterday, & much kindness otherwise to me & mine at Gettysburg.
Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts express by you, with such eloquent simplicity & appropriateness, at the consecration of the Cemetery. I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes. My son who parted from me at Baltimore & my daughter, concur in this sentiment.
I remain, dear Sir, most respectfully Yours,
Edward Everett
I hope your anxiety for your child was relieved on your arrival. 2
[Note 1 The following letter was written the day after Everett and Lincoln had spoken at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg.]

[Note 2 Tad Lincoln had been ill with a fever when Lincoln departed for Gettysburg on November 18. The boy soon recovered, but Lincoln became ill with varioloid, a mild form smallpox, and was quarantined for three weeks after his return from Gettysburg.]
American Memory from the Library of Congress
The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

Grammar and punctuation are attributed to the written manuscript of Lincoln and Edwards

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