devoid of all rhetorical imagery, with a marked suppression of the pyrotechnics of stump oratory.
It was constructed with a view to accuracy of statement, simplicity of language, and unity of thought.
In some respects like a lawyer's brief, it was logical, temperate in tone, powerful — irresistibly driving conviction home to men's reasons and their souls.
No former effort in the line of speech-making had cost Lincoln
so much time and thought as this one.
It is said by one of his biographers, that those afterwards engaged in getting out the speech as a campaign document were three weeks in verifying the statements and finding the historical records referred to and consulted by him. This is probably a little over-stated as to time, but unquestionably the work of verification and reference was in any event a very labored and extended one.1
The day following the Cooper Institute meeting, the leading New York dailies published the speech in full, and made favorable editorial mention of it and of the speaker as well.
It was plain now that Lincoln
had captured the metropolis.
From New York he travelled to New England
to visit his son Robert, who