Excerpt from Address by the Union League of Philadelphia: To the Citizens of Pennsylvania, in Favor of the Re-Election of Abraham Lincoln Fellow Citizens: - The day rapidly approaches when some one must be selected to exercise the power and influence of the Executive branch of our Government during ather term. The time has been when the character of the person chosen has excited but little interest beyond the circle of active politicians, because in the midst of peace and abounding prosperity, it was t considered of much importance. Easy duties do t demand great talents or peculiar qualities, and the duties of the Executive office are t difficult in such quiet times as it has been the happiness of our country to enjoy during the larger part of its history. But w our position is very different. We are in the midst of a great civil war, which has raged for more than three years, the issue of which is still doubtful, and which may, when the day for making a choice arrives, still be calling for more sacrifices to be offered on its bloody altar. The stake in this war is less than our country. The object of our enemies is to destroy it - ours is to defend it, to keep its domain entire as we received it from our fathers, to keep its name and fame high, as of yore, on the roll of the nations of the world. This has proved to be a difficult task, calling forth all our energy and demanding ermous sacrifices of blood and treasure. Our enemies are men of our own race. They have displayed the valor, constancy and ability that are the attributes of their blood and the fruits of free institutions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.