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The Railsplitter's Philosophy

Creator:
Wright & Joys Co.
Location:
Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Origin Date:
1900-1920
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 9 5/8 in x 12 3/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.1223
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This broadside features a quotation by President Abraham Lincoln along with an illustration done from a photograph of him taken February 9, 1864, in Washington, D. C. The quotation is a hearsay quote meaning that it cannot be found in Lincoln's writings. The quote was first published in the June 17, 1865, issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in a story told by Col. Charles Halpin about President Lincoln speaking with an officer about an incident that had recently occurred. The President supposedly spoke these words at the end of the conversationwith the officer. "I do the very best I know how and the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right what is said against me won't amount to anything; if the end brings me out wrong ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum