Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The value of freedom

When Abraham Lincoln was brought the Emancipation Proclamation to sign, he started several times to sign the document but stopped each time and dropped the pen. In answer to Secretary Seward's quizzical look, Lincoln said, "I have been shaking hands since nine o'clock this morning, and my right arm is almost paralyzed. If my name ever goes into history, it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it. If my hand trembles when I sign the Proclamation, all who examine the document hereafter will say:  He hesitated.'"


Never hesitate to celebrate or to share the gift of freedom.

Happy Fourth of July!

2 comments:

Charles Malone said...

Well put and a most apt July 4th story. Best wishes to you.

George Clifford said...

Thanks. Good to hear from you.