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[356] men and events; and from that record I shall transfer much relating to the views and course of Mr. Sumner, as well as those of President Lincoln, the progress of whose opinions I traced with indescribable interest up to the moment the Proclamation of Emancipation was issued, when his policy was fully settled. From the stand he then took, he never afterwards deviated the breadth of a hair; although he was frequently obliged either to act against the well-known views of several members of his Cabinet, or, as sometimes occurred, without their knowledge, and solely on his own responsibility, since he knew that the country would hold him answerable for the policy of the administration. Nor was he the man ever to shirk a public or a private duty.

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