LC: John S. Bailey Library - Office of Dean of Junior College & General Studies Program
CM: Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address was presented on the rainy Saturday of 4 March 1865 on the East Portico of the Capitol Building, Washington DC. The address was delivered during the final days of the Civil War and only a month before he was assassinated. In this address Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) discussed the war and slavery. The address ends with words of reconciliation, which appear in calligraphy within this print's ornate border. These words are as follows: "...With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; [to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan] to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations."
The Second Inaugural Address was beautifully illuminated by calligrapher Joseph R. Rosen. Rosen had established in 1913 the oldest calligraphy studio in the United States. Now the J.R. Rosen Studio is still active at 29 Beale Street, Quincy, Massachusetts.