With Lincoln in the White House
Letters, Memoranda, and other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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Wayne C. Temple, chief deputy director of the Illinois State .f\t·chives, is a
legendary Lincoln scholar who generously shared with me his discoveries
and helped me solve innumerable puzzles as I conducted research on this
volume and its siblings.
Thomas F. Schwartz, the Illinois state historian, londly read the manuscript and gave me the benefit of his vast knowledge of Lincoln and his...
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John G. Nicolay, Lincoln's chief personal secretary from the time of his nomination for the presidency until his assassination, claimed that "in the five years during which he [Lincoln] gave me his confidence and intimacy, I learned to know him perhaps better than any other person, except the members of his own family."1 Unlike his assistant in the White House...
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To William E. Norris, Springfield, 26 May 18601
Mr. Lincoln has been so much occupied with men who have called to see him, that I couldn't get a chance at him, since the receipt of your letter until this morning. I herewith enclose you his autograph...
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To Therena Bates, Springfield, 6 January 18611
It has turned out to be a sort of muddy, dull, and gloomy Sunday afternoon .... [T]he prospect of getting away is not particularly encouraging. Mr. Lincoln brought in seventy-five letters yesterday--an increase that doesn't specially gratify me as I am yet some two days behind hand, since I . moved down here...
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To Therena Bates, Washington, 3 January 18621
... The reception at the Executive mansion began at 11 A.M. at which time the Cabinet and their families and the· Diplomatic Corps in all their stars and crosses and gold lace appeared and were presented to the President. At 11:25 came the Judges of the Supreme Court; at 11:30 the officers of the army.and navy in uniform and at 12 M. the public. This lasted until 2 P.M. ...
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True to his warning and his promise, President Lincoln has to-day, by virtue of his office as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, proclaimed freedom to all persons of African descent held as slaves within such States and parts of States as are now in rebellion against the Government...
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To Therena Bates, Washington, 2 January 18641
I have just run away a little while from the reception which is going on below (this being our New Years Day) to write you "A happy New Year," and to get a brief respite from the interminable crowd which is besieging the Presidential doors. I have not seen anything like it on New Years since I have been here ...
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To William Henry Seward, Washington, 3 January 18651
Mr. Robert Lincoln and myself will accompany you to Philadelphia and Trenton, to attend the funerals of Ex-Vice President Dallas,2 and Minister Dayton3 in accordance with your invitation of this morning...
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Publication Year: 2006