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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 12, 1861 [Commercial version].—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 4, p. 202 (1953).