To George Robertson
November 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Hon. George Robertson Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir. Washington, Nov. 20. 1862.
Your despatch of yesterday is just received. I believe you are acquainted with the American Classics, (if there be such) and probably remember a speech of Patrick Henry, in which he represented a certain character in the, revolutionary times, as totally disregarding all questions of country, and “hoarsely bawling, beef! beef!! beef!!!”
Do you not know that I may as well surrender this contest, directly, as to make any order, the obvious purpose of which would be to return fugitive slaves? Yours very truly A. LINCOLN