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02/28/2024

Mr. Lincoln and his family were staying at the Soldiers' Home for a little while, and Joshua Speed was invited to spend the night with them. As he entered the room, Lincoln was sitting near a window intently reading his Bible. Speed remarked, "I am glad to see you so profitably engaged." 
"Yes," said Lincoln, "I am profitably engaged." 
"Well," said Speed, "if you have recovered from your skepticism, I am sorry to say that I have not." 
Lincoln, looking Speed earnestly in the face, and placing his hand on his shoulder, said: "You are wrong, Speed. Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man."