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By William H. Herndon, Douglas L. Wilson, Rodney O. Davis

After Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, William H. Herndon begun paintings on a short, "subjective" biography of his former legislations companion, yet his study grew to become up such unforeseen and infrequently startling details that it turned a lifelong obsession. The biography ultimately released in 1889, Herndon's Lincoln, was once a collaboration with Jesse W. Weik during which Herndon supplied the fabrics and Weik did just about all the writing. therefore, and since rather a lot of what Herndon needed to say approximately Lincoln used to be no longer integrated within the biography, David Donald has saw, "To comprehend Herndon's personal fairly ordinary method of Lincoln biography, one needs to return to his letters." An exhaustive selection of what Herndon was once informed via others approximately Lincoln used to be released via Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis in Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements approximately Abraham Lincoln . during this new quantity, Wilson and Davis have produced a finished version of what Herndon himself wrote approximately Lincoln in his personal letters. due to Herndon's shut organization with Lincoln, his intimate acquaintance along with his partner's felony and political careers, and since he sought out informants who knew Lincoln and preserved details that will in a different way were misplaced, his letters became an vital source for Lincoln biography. Unfiltered by way of a collaborator and rendered in Herndon's personal certain voice, those letters represent a matchless trove of basic resource fabric. Herndon on Lincoln: Letters is a needs to for libraries, examine associations, and scholars of a towering American determine and his times.

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Weik, a young man from Greencastle, Indiana. The son of a German immigrant and graduate of what would become DePauw University, Weik was hoping to begin a career as a writer, and the subject that most appealed to him was his idol, Abraham Lincoln. ”22 Before another year was out, Herndon and Weik had drawn up a contract as collaborators on a biography of Lincoln, for which Herndon was to provide most of the substance and Weik was to do the organization, editing, and composition. 23 To the authors’ dismay, their publisher printed only fifteen hundred copies of the biography, precisely the number for which their contract specified that they would receive no royalties, and promptly went bankrupt.

Congress was then in the process of remitting a fine of $1,000 that Andrew Jackson had paid in 1815 for defying a court order at the time of the battle of New Orleans. 11. Stephen A. Douglas, also an Illinois member of Congress. 12. South Carolinian George McDuffie authored a congressional report in 1830 favoring the rechartering of the Bank of the United States. 13. Orestes Brownson, who had previously edited the Democratic Review, had just begun editing the pro-Catholic Brownson's Quarterly Review.

The National Democrats are fighting in the Still—on the sly, as we say west. 3 Shutt told Lincoln that the Chicago Times was injuring the Democracy, because it took too high abolition grounds: that the Democracy could not defend it in its assaults on the South; and that the Times was otherwise doing them harm. What he meant of this last expression I do not know. There is to be a National Democratic paper Started here in a few days, and it is said by those who ought to know that it will be conducted with Energy and ability.

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