Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
I think very much of the people, as an old friend said he thought of woman. He said when he lost his first wife, who had been a great help to him in his business, he thought he was ruinedthat he could never find another to fill her place. At length, however, he married another, who he found did quite as well as the first, and that his opinion now was that any woman would do well who was well done by. So I think of the whole people of this nationthey will ever do well if well done by. We will try to do well by them in all parts of the country, North and South, with entire confidence that all will be well with all of us.
President-elect ABRAHAM LINCOLN, remarks at Bloomington, Illinois, November 21, 1860.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 4, pp. 14344 (1953).