Carmen and I obtained copies of these letters on June 22, 2000.
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"Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.Like Lincoln, I believe that split-mind thinking will not long endure.
"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
"We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
"I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. . . . "
" And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? " Matthew 12:25 - 26Jesus "knew their thoughts" and he compared their thinking to a house divided.