The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:|
solicitude for this great country follows me wherever I go. I do
not think it is personal vanity or ambition, though I am not free
from these infirmities, but I cannot but feel that the weal or
woe of this great nation will be decided in November. There is no
program offered by any wing of the Democratic party but that must
result in the permanent destruction of the Union."
The political situation grew still darker. Toward the end of
August the general gloom enveloped even the President himself.
Then what he did was most original and characteristic. Feeling
that the campaign was going against him, he made up his mind
deliberately the course he ought to pursue, and laid down for