• I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. ... I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me... These are not, however, the days of miracles ... I must study the plain physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible, and learn what appears to be wise and right.

    Reply to an Emancipation Memorial (1862), published in "The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln" edited by Henry Jarvis Raymond and Francis Bicknell Carpenter, (p. 255), 1865.
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