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This Week in History

October 15, 1858
The seventh and final Lincoln-Douglas debate is held in Alton, Illinois.

October 19, 1860
Lincoln writes a letter to young Grace Bedell of New York, after she wrote to him, urging him to grow a beard.

October 21, 1861
Senator Edward Baker, close friend of the Lincoln family, is killed at the battle of Ball's Bluff.

Today in Lincoln's Life

Lincoln's Words
"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."
--Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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