This volume presents nearly 250 of Lincoln's most important speeches, state papers and letters in their entirety. Here are not only the masterpieces- the Gettysburg Address, the Inaugural Addresses, the 1858 Republican State Convention Speech and the Emancipation Proclamation - but hundreds of lesser-known ones, including excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas debates, letters to Grant, McClellan, Stanton and his wife, and various meditations, verses and fragments.