Tuesday, March 17, 2009

spt - 1858



on the way home from Philly, we took the opportunity to stop in D.C. to stretch our legs on The Mall. the highlight of our brief stopover was a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. in all the years i lived near D.C., i don't remember spending time at this particular memorial.

maybe it didn't seem so relevent to the times back in the heydey of the yuppy 1980s...



On June 16, 1858, more than 1,000 Republican delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. (you can read his entire acceptance address here.)



A house divided against itself cannot stand.

I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It will become all one thing or all the other.




17 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

The Lincoln memorial is my favorite, Lelly! What a good SPT for today.

michelle said...

Beautiful words, Lelly. I love Lincoln!

donna said...

what a wonderful spt post!
We took our kids to Washington DC about 4 years ago. It was such a great trip.

Kelly said...

Very cool SPT, Lelly! I loved that last quote a lot.

Lene said...

"It will become all one thing or all the other." I love that quote. I think President Lincoln was an amazing man.

rebekah said...

i wish i had that clarity of thought and the ability to express myself simply.

jakenapril said...

What an amazing quote from our 16th (which is a product of 8 + 8!) President. What an impressive post, Lelly!

everything pink! said...

oh, can you believe that we were out of town this weekend.
great quote, i am using this for my young women on sunday!

Marie said...

That is a really great quote. Cool.

Happy St. Pats!

Amy said...

ummm...I love patriotic posts! What a great man and I love all the 8's you found. Even the "yuppie 1980's". LOL

Chris said...

I think it is great! and Great minds :-) My post is from the Museum of American History. I took a picture while there on Saturday. We did not do the Lincoln, but I love it.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Beautiful post.... I am back hopefuly for good this time :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Alisa said...

what a place to be! I would love to go visit-

Katie A. said...

Very cool post. I visited that memorial (and many of the others) during a high school field trip. I would LOVE to go back to D.C. All of the monuments are so moving.

Date Girl said...

I've always wanted to visit DC and the Lincoln Memorial. Thanks for sharing that with us, that's awesome! Someday I'll make it out there...

MeganAnne said...

That's so great that you live near all the D.C. sites. I loved going there for the first time this summer. It's nice to build a connection to our nation's history.

Janiece said...

What a great thought for your SPT