Walking the Fence Line
Bonnie Bird

The Gettysburg Address

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 9:15 PM
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  • I wonder if Lincoln mispelled fore score or whoever was taking notes? Four score and seven years ago translates to 87 years. A little known fact.

    -- Posted by Geordey on Wed, Nov 20, 2013, at 4:13 PM
  • That's a good question Geordey. Lincoln spelled it correctly as "Four score and seven years ago". There are images of the documents which he copied by hand in order to provide copies to others.

    Some web sites mistakenly have "Fore score" maybe because they are thinking of forefathers. They seem to be more conservative web sites. One of my very conservative nephews erred in the opposite way and referred to our "four fathers" rather than forefathers.

    The reaction to the Gettysburg Address at the time was mixed.

    "Newspapers critical of the President had snide things to say about the speech's brevity and inappropriateness to the occasion. Lincoln supporters, on the other hand, published glowing reviews and noted the classical elegance and heartfelt emotion of the address."


    It seems that things don't change much.

    -- Posted by Sam_1776 on Thu, Nov 21, 2013, at 4:41 PM
  • Well seven score and ten years ago, Abe Lincoln made a great speech and spelled "four" correctly. Myaybe KH Gal could correct her spelling error?

    -- Posted by Geordey on Fri, Nov 22, 2013, at 10:59 AM
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    Thanks Bonnie! Good read

    -- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Nov 22, 2013, at 7:03 PM
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