By Michael Burlingame
John Hay believed that genuine background is informed in deepest letters, and the greater than 220 surviving letters and telegrams from his Civil conflict days end up that to be precise, exhibiting Abraham Lincoln in motion: The wealthy person is in positive whack. i've got not often obvious him extra serene and busy. he's coping with this warfare, the draft, overseas family members, and making plans a reconstruction of the Union, abruptly. I by no means knew with what tyrannous authority he principles the cupboard, until eventually now. crucial issues he makes a decision and there's no cavil. besides Hay's own correspondence, Burlingame contains his surviving authentic letters. notwithstanding missing the literary brilliance of [Hay's] own letters, Burlingame explains, they assist flesh out the historic list. Burlingame additionally contains a number of the letters Hay composed for Lincoln's signature, together with the prestigious letter of condolence to the Widow Bixby.
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22 I hear nothing but encouraging accounts of the fight of yesterday in Charleston Harbor. Gen. Seymour Chief of Staff says we are sure to whip them, much surer than we were before the attack. 24 The Keokuk was sunk and the Patapsco somewhat damaged but as a whole they encountered the furious and concentrated fire of the enemy in a style for which even our own officers had scarcely dared to hope. 25 The attack will soon be resumed with greater confidence and greater certainty of what they are able to do than before.
To [WILLIAM HENRY SEWARD], WASHINGTON, [7 DECEMBER] 186169 The President directs me to say, in answer to the inquiry of the Secretary of State, that he is only waiting for his carriage to start immediately. To A. C. VORIS, WASHINGTON, 21 DECEMBER 186170 I am directed by the President to express to you his grateful acknowledgements for your kind favor of the 16th of this month. To AI,BERT BIERSTADT, WASHINGTON, 21 DECEMBER 186171 I have been so very busy since I received your kind note containing the photographs that I have not had time to thank you.
Everything has been done in the case which could be done, and the rules of the Department have even been violated to oblige you. 26 1860-1862 To JOHN G. NICOLAY, WARSAW, ILLINOIS, 28 OCTOBER 1862 153 McGregor's on his native heath, and having quietly a good time. I sit by the woodfire all day and talk with my mother and at night I do a little unobtrusive sparking. I am perfectly idle, and you, who always insist 011 being busy even when you ought to be pleasuring, can have no adequate conception of the enjoyment of the genuine dolce far niente.