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" I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me. Now, at the end of three years' struggle, the Nation's condition is not what either party or any man devised or expected. God alone can claim it. Whither it is... "
LIFE OF LINCOLN - Page 405
by CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN - 1892
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The Living Age, Volume 306

1920
...bewildering intricacy; the careworn figure of the President is left sitting at the centre and saying, ' I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me'; and in no book (unless it be the masterly little volume which Major Putnam wrote for his sons) is there...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 106

Current events - 1910
...they are within his reach. Said Abraham Lincoln, 'I claim not to have controlled events, but confess that events have controlled me. Now at the end of...nation's condition is not what either party or any man desired or expected.' There spoke not the dignified statesman of the academic tradition who moulds...
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The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet it

Hinton Rowan Helper - Slavery - 1857 - 420 pages
...He appeared to himself rather as an instrument. " I claim not," he once said in this connection, " to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me." In 1864, when a petition was sent to him from some children that there should be no more child slaves,...
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Macmillan's Magazine, Volume 11

1865
...was not in the verbal conversation. In telling this tale, I attempt no compliment to my own sagacity. I claim not to have controlled events, but confess...party, or any man, devised or expected. God alone can claun it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills...
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Patriotism in Poetry and Prose: Being Selected Passages from Lectures and ...

James Edward Murdoch - Patriotic poetry, American - 1864 - 172 pages
...not in the verbal conversation. In telling this tale, I attempt no compliment to my own saga-- city. I claim not to have controlled events, but confess...claim it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If God wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North, as well as you of the South,...
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The Political History of the United States of America, During the Great ...

Edward McPherson - Confederate States of America - 1864 - 440 pages
...tale, I attempt no compliment to my own sagacity. I claim not to have controlled events, but con fan plainly that events have controlled me. Now at the...of three years* struggle, the nation's condition is m>t what either party, or any man devised, or expected. Ood alone can claim it. Whither it Is tending...
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The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the ..., Volume 2

Horace Greeley - Slavery - 1866
...ANTI-SL AVERT GROWTH. C57 I claim not to have controlled events, bnt confess plainly that events liuve Greeley l>erty or any man devised or expected. God alone can claim it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If...
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The Character and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln, President of the ...

1864 - 75 pages
...to his recent memorable letter to AG Hodges, Esq., already quoted, he will find this frank avowal: "I CLAIM NOT TO HAVE CONTROLLED EVENTS, BUT CONFESS PLAINLY THAT EVENTS HAVE CONTROLLED ME." This is but another laconic and happy way of expressing his purpose to follow the leadings of Divine...
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The Life and Administration of Abraham Lincoln: Presenting His Early History ...

George Washington Bacon - Biography - 1865 - 183 pages
...difficulties might well have appalled and would doubtless have foiled a statesman of the Napoleonic type. " I claim not to have controlled events, but confess...now wills the removal of a great " wrong, and wills that we of the North shall pay fairly " for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will "...
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The life and administration of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6

1865
...well have appalled and would doubt less have foiled a statesman of the Napoleonic type. " I claimed not to have controlled events, but confess " plainly...now wills the removal of a great " wrong, and wills that we of the North shall pay fairly " for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will "...
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