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he had quit because it made him cross.î Black has no such statement on p. 475.20 in 478. stated that he read ¿Childe Haroldî. In my of‚ce in 1854. he picked up ¿Byronî and read commencing ¿They mourned but smiled at lengthî &c. to ¿He who ascends to mountain heights shall ‚nd. &c.21 out loud; as impressively as it ever was read in the world. D. Davis: Swett: Lamon Alex Harrison & myself were present. ¿The mossy marbles restî22 &c. was a great favorite: but his greatest fa‚vorite, Alas!, was ¿Mortal man with face of clay
¿Here tomorrow: gone to day.î
What Davis & Scott say on p. 479. is substantially my idea of his frivolity23
p. 481. I don't believe he ¿damned with faint praiseî at all: this is not true at all. I do think however that the next sentence commencing ¿fully aliveî is correct. in fact all the succeeding lot of short sentences is correct.24
I don't think he forgot the devotion of his warmest partizans (482.) that is a clear mistake: take Lamons case: or mine: or Judds. He was eccentric in this mat‚ter. His secretiveness we will all agree on alike. I never heard him mention reli‚gion at all.
P. 83. Jno. Hanks came to Washington in a new suit of blue jeans Ü wanted an Indian agency: Lincoln really wanted him to have it but he couldnt read or write. Lincoln talked with me about its propriety Ü said Hank's son could be his clerk &c. wanted to appoint him but did not.
about Henry Clay: Lincoln admired him greatly while I knew him: spoke of him in the warmest terms.
P. 312. ¿At the 1st opportunity he commissioned Davisî &c This is not true as I have shown.
p. 322. The ¿Pattersonî case was thus: Tom Patterson was a worthless doggery keeper at Sadorus: an old good natured drunkard who had then got drunk & talked rambling drunken talk in the crowd & picked up a spade & spoke of hitting some one &c Ü He was too drunk to hold the spade steady: Tom was several feet away
The biography associates Stuart with the view that certain physical conditions contributed to AL's famous melancholy and that ¿in some respects he was totally unlike other people.î It adds that ¿blue pills were the medicinal remedy which he affected mostî (Lamon, 475).
Canto 3, lines 280¬397.
From Oliver Wendell Holmes's ¿The Last Leaf.î
David Davis is quoted as saying that AL's humor was simulated and that his jokes and stories were meant to ¿whistle off sadness.î John M. Scott states that Lincoln's humor seemed to be ¿put onî and that it ¿did not properly belong thereî (Lamon, 479).
¿Fully alive to the fact that no qualities of a public man are so charming to the people as simplicity and candor, he made simplicity and candor the mask of deep feelings carefully concealed, and subtle plans studiously veiled from all eyes but one. He had no reverence for great men, followed no leader with blind devotion, and yielded no opinion to mere authority. He felt that he was as great as anybody, and could do what another did. It was, however, the supreme desire of his heart to be right, and to do justice in all the relations of life.î Whitney probably meant to include the balance of this paragraph, which runs over to the following page.