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155 Years Ago: Monday, February 11, 1861

Great Western Depot155 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln went to the Great Western Railroad Station in Springfield, Illinois, not far from his home. He was the President-elect of the United States, and it was time for him to make the journey to Washington City. As he stood in the depot, he saw the faces of his friends and neighbors in the huge crowd that had gathered to see him off. Before he boarded the train, he spoke these words:

“My friends—No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. 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. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that 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.”

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