Excerpt from The Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg: With the Proceedings at Its Consecration, at the Laying of the Corner-Stone of the Monument, and at Its Dedication
The occasion is one of great importance, not to be dismissed with a few sentimental or patriotic comm... on-places. It will demand as full a narrative of the events of the three important days as the limits of the hour will admit, and some appropriate discussion of the political character of the great struggle, of which the battle of Gettysburg is one of the most momentous incidents. As it will take me two days to reach Gettysburg, and it will be highly desirable that I should have at least one day to survey the battle field, I cannot safely name an earlier time than the 19th of November.
Should such a postponement of the day first proposed be advisable, it will give me great pleasure to accept the invitation.
I remain, dear sir, with much respect Very truly yours, edward everett. David wills, esq., Agent for the National Cemetery.
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