Goldwin Smith: "Not
a sovereign in Europe, however trained from the cradle for state pomps,
and however prompted by statesmen and courtiers, could have uttered himself
more regally than did Lincoln at Gettysburg."
Greeley: "I doubt that our national literature contains a finer gem
than that little speech at the Gettysburg celebration, November 19, 1863…
after the close of Mr. Everett’s classic but frigid oration."
Sumner: "That speech, uttered at the field of Gettysburg… and
now sanctified by the martyrdom of its author, is a monumental act. In
the modesty of his nature he said ‘the world will little note, nor
long remember what we say here; but it can never forget what they did
here.’ He was mistaken. The world at once noted what he said, and
will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important
than the speech. Ideas are always more [important] than battles."
Emancipation Proclamation commemorative medallion issued
for the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Jules Edouard Roiné,
sculptor. Silver-plated, 1909. Susan H. Douglas Political Americana Collection,
#2214. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University