Postcard from Abraham Lincoln

Edward G. Nilges, “Postcard from Abraham Lincoln”, pen and ink, Gimp modifications, based on a drawing done in Chicago’s Art Institute 2007, 27 Dec 2010.

Edmund Wilson once wrote: “I cannot think of Lincoln without great emotion”. For us kids Lincoln and Washington more or less defined what it was to be a good guy. But the superego got shot in Dallas, didn’t it.

Ergo, if all I can do is sentimental art, so be it. I like doin’ it. It calms me down.

The words are from his second inaugural address. I will never forget reading a biography on board the 747 that took me away from my marriage to a job in Silicon Valley, and thinking that “with malice toward none and charity towards all” sounded like a good idea.

Chicago was a Union town. The old Library was in the building that housed the great reunion hall of the Grand Army of the Republic, where older and older codgers would gather until the 1920s.

A lot of companies were named after Lincoln, even the company that would tow your car away if you parked on private property or didn’t keep up the payments.

Only places I make time to visit in DC are the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

To properly view the passage from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, click on the picture or read them here:

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.


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