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[17] speedy termination of the war. Not long since, his opponents had been so numerous and so powerful that they fully expected to prevent his renomination. Lincoln himself, shortly after his renomination, had come to believe that reelection was improbable, and had expressed himself as ready ‘to cooperate with the President-elect to save the Union.’ Yet neither in Lincoln's demeanor nor in his inaugural address is there the slightest note of personal exultation. For political and military enemies alike he has ‘malice toward none; charity for all.’ Indeed the dominant feeling in his speech is one of sorrow and sympathy for the cruel sufferings of both North and South. Not only in the United States, but throughout the civilized world, the address made a profound and immediate impression.

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