Farewell at Springfield, Ill.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln
Feb. 11, 1861
My friends - No
one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at
To this place, and
the kindness of these people, I owe every thing.
Here I have lived a
quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man.
Here my children
have been born, and one is buried.
I now leave, not
knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me
greater than that which rested upon Washington.
assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot
assistance I cannot fail.
Trusting in Him,
who can go with me, and remain with you and be every where for good,
let us confidently hope that all will yet be well.
To His care
commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid
you an affectionate farewell."