This State Journal editorial ran on April 17, 1865, three days after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln:
“Whichever way it ends, I have the impression that I shan’t last long after it’s over.”
These are the words of Abraham Lincoln, expressed to Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, and published by her in 1864.
How sadly these words have proved prophetic. Within six days after the surrender of Lee’s army, which all hope is virtually the end, Mr. Lincoln dies!
He lived to see the end, to rejoice over the triumph, and is taken to higher joys! He did not “last long after it’s over,” but his name will endure forever.
Generation after generation will rise up and call him blessed. He was raised up for a great purpose, and most nobly has he fulfilled his mission. ...
Putting his whole trust in the Almighty, Mr. Lincoln firmly grasped the responsibilities of his position. He hoped for a speedy close of the scourge of war, yet persisted in its prosecution till the scourge of slavery passed away with it. ...
He has gone hence. His tall form and pleasant countenance will be no more with us on earth, but his great name is left a legacy to the Nation, which will never die!
No man has ever lived in this country, whose name will go down through all time, more highly respected and reverenced by all mankind, than will that of Abraham Lincoln; and none will be cherished with equal respect, save that of the Father of his country, George Washington.