Chicago Tribune: "The dedicatory
remarks by President Lincoln will live among the annals of man."
Times: "The cheeks of every American must tingle with shame
as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances."
(Mass.) Republican: "Surprisingly fine as Mr. Everett’s
oration was in the Gettysburg consecration, the rhetorical honors of the
occasion were won by President Lincoln. His little speech is a perfect
gem; deep in feeling, compact in thought and expression, and tasteful
and elegant in every word and comma. Then it has the merit of unexpectedness
in its verbal perfection and beauty… Turn back and read it over,
it will repay study as a model speech. Strong feelings and a large brain
are its parents."