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02-27 President Lincoln, Manchester, UK?

02-27 President Lincoln, Manchester, UK?
George Grey Barnard's bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester, UK.

Apparently the statue was supposed to stand outside the House's Of Parliament, a gift from USA to Britain to commemorate 100 years of peace between the two nations. However a more 'statesman' like statue was used instead.

Barnard’s Lincoln ended up in Manchester because of the sacrifices that Lancashire cotton operatives had made in support of the Union and the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War, a sacrifice that Lincoln himself acknowledged in the following letter to the cotton workers of Manchester:

"To the working people of Manchester 19th January 1863

I know and deeply deplore the sufferings which the working people of Manchesterand in all Europe are called to endure in this crisis. It has been often and studiously represented that the attempt to overthrow this Government which was built on the foundation of human rights, and to substitute for it one which should rest exclusively on the basis of slavery, was likely to obtain the favour of Europe. Through the action of disloyal citizens the working people of Europe have been subjected to a severe trial for the purpose of forcing their sanctionto that attempt. Under these circumstances I cannot but regard your decisive utterances upon the question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism which hasnot been surpassed in any age or in any country. It is indeed an energetic and re-inspiring assurance of the inherent truth and of the ultimate and universal triumph of justice, humanity and freedom ... I hail this interchange of sentiments therefore, as an augury that whatever else may happen, whatever misfortunemay befall your country or my own, the peace and friendship which now exists between the two nations will be as it shall be my desire to make them, perpetual."

The statue now stands as the focal point of a public square, Lincoln Square, in the centre of Manchester.

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