Abraham Lincoln Says Goodbye to Illinois and Hello to D.C.
Our families, communities, and the places we call home, shape us for ill and good. No one’s an island or a “self-made man.”
Abraham Lincoln gives a powerful speech on a train before heading to Washington D.C. to become the sixteenth President of the United States of America.
His humility and dependence on something bigger than himself is refreshing in our day of self-sufficiency and self-glory.
“My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.” – Abraham Lincoln