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This Week in History

October 16, 1856
Lincoln gives a now-famous speech in Peoria, Illinois, replying to Senator Douglas about the repeal of the Missouri Compromise.

October 19, 1860
Lincoln writes to Grace Bedell of New York regarding her letter urging him to grow a beard.

October 21, 1861
President Lincoln's long-time friend, Senator Edward D. Baker, is killed in the battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia.

Today in Lincoln's Life

Lincoln's Words
"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."
--Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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