was he original and strong; not only had he great reason, good understanding; not only did he love the true and the good — the eternal right; not only was he tender and sympathetic and kind;--but, in due proportion and in legitimate subordination, he had a glorious combination of them all. Through his perceptions — the suggestiveness of nature, his originality and strength; through his magnificent reason, his understanding, his conscience, his tenderness, quick sympathy, his heart; he approximated as nearly as human nature and the imperfections of man would permit to an embodiment of the great moral principle, “Do unto others as ye would they should do unto you.”
Of Mr. Lincoln
's will-power there are two opinions also: one that he lacked any will; the other that he was all will.
Both these contradictory views have their vehement and honest champions.
For the great underlying principles of mind in man he had great respect.
He loved the true first, the right second, and the good last.
His mind struggled for truth, and his soul reached out for substances.
He cared not for forms, ways, methodsthe non-substantial things of this world.
He could not, by reason of his structure and mental organization, care anything about them.
He did not have an intense care for any particular or individual man — the dollar, property, rank, orders, manners, or similar things; neither did he have any avarice or other like vice in his nature.
He detested somewhat all technical rules in law, philosophy, and other sciences -mere forms everywhere — because they were, as a