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    interpretation of God's will. Lincoln wrestled with the issue of slavery throughout his political career and was of the general opinion that it should come to a gradual end over a number of years. He likened it to a cancer, which needed to be carefully removed to avoid harming the patient. When he made the statement you are referring to in a Cabinet meeting, he had already decided to emancipate the slaves in the Confederacy, but was waiting for a military victory as Seward had recommended to avoid having it seem like a desperate move against the South, The proclamation, issued almost 4 months after that, did not end slavery in the territories controlled by the North. The thirteenth amendment finally abolished slavery. Lincoln did not place this decision in God's hands. Nor did he let his own personal beliefs influence his decision.

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