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    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Physically We Can Not Separate

First Inaugural Address March 4, 1861

Physically speaking, we cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other; but the different parts of our country cannot do this.

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