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Isaac Jackson Allen

From Jerry Gross:

Today I thought that I'd bring in a little of the family history into my classroom to supplement the lesson on Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. Isaac Jackson Allen is my second cousin 5x removed. Which means since my mom was a Jackson, Isaac's grandfather and my 5x great grandfather were brothers. Both of whom served in the Revolutionary War. Isaac was the Ambassador to China under Abraham Lincoln and a personal friend. I brought in an excerpt of Isaac's autobiography that I found a few years back and wanted to show how people described the Gettysburg Address. Isaac was present and sitting near the President.

Here's what he had to say, “Then President Lincoln rose to deliver the Address of Dedication; advanced to the reading desk, put on his steel-rimmed spectacles, took from his vest pocket a thin slip of paper, laid it before him, glanced at it a moment; then, as if not able to see its writing very well, he crumpled it in his hand, returned it to his vest pocket, removed his spectacles, and proceeded to deliver that ever-memorable Dedicatory Address that has become a classic in our American literature, and which of itself would render the name of Abraham Lincoln immortal!
He spoke but seven minutes. But, before he had spoken five minutes that whole assembled multitude were sobbing, and sympathetic tears were dimming all eyes. Lincoln's simple eloquence of heart in speaking of our heroic dead had touched the responsive cords [of] feeling, that Everett's finished oratory had failed to reach.”


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