BRITISH PM SENDS MESSAGE TO AMERICA ON LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY
London (JFK+50) On February 12, 1917, 100 years ago today, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George* sent a message to America in honor of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. The message, published in The Daily Telegraph, compared the causes of the Civil War with those of the World War.
The Prime Minister wrote...
"Abraham Lincoln was one of the very first world's statesmen. (His) life was devoted to the cause of freedom. The American people, under Lincoln, fought a war of liberation.
We, today, are (also) fighting a war of liberation (for) all the world. In your case (the choice was between) freedom and unity or slavery and separation. In our case, (it is) military power tyrannously used...trampling on the rights of others or liberty and public right."
Another article in this edition of The Telegraph read...
"On this day, 108 years ago, was born in utter poverty and obscurity one of the noblest of those few whom all history and all posterity unite in calling 'great.'"
*David Lloyd George (1863-1945) was born in Manchester, U.K. He served as president of the Board of Trade from 1905-1908, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1908-1915, & Prime Minister from 1916-1922.
"Premier's Message to the American Nation," The Daily Telegraph, London, U.K., February 12, 1917, www.telegraph.co.uk/