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There are those who are dissatisfied with me. To such I would say: You desire peace; and you blame me that we do not have it. But how can we attain it? There are but three conceivable ways.
First, to suppress the rebellion by force of arms. This I am trying to do. Are you for it? If you are, so far we are agreed.
If you are not for it, a second way is to give up the Union. I am against this. Are you for it? If you are, you should say so plainly.
If you are not for force, nor yet for dissolution, there only remains some imaginable compromise. I do not believe any compromise, embracing the maintenance of the Union, is now possible.”
Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Abraham Lincoln Papers