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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxxix. (search)
Xxxix. William Wallace Lincoln, I never knew. He died Thursday, February 20th, 1862, nearly two years before my intercodisposition. His death was the most crushing affliction Mr. Lincoln had ever been called upon to pass through. After the to spend a few days in Washington. An acquaintance of Mrs. Lincoln and of her sister, Mrs. Edwards, of Springfield, he wasulgence of his grief had gone on for several weeks, and Mrs. Lincoln began to be seriously alarmed for the health of her husband, of which fact Dr. Vinton was apprised. Mr. Lincoln received him in the parlor, and an opportunity was soon embraced byf the church, founded upon the words of Christ himself. Mr. Lincoln looked at him a moment, and then, stepping forward, he tn, upon this subject, which I think might interest you. Mr. Lincoln begged him to send it at an early day — thanking him rephrough a member of the family, I have been informed that Mr. Lincoln's views in relation to spiritual things seemed changed f
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xl. (search)
favor of Mr. Seward, who, many supposed, would be nominated almost by acclamation. The evening before the balloting the excitement was at the highest pitch. Mr. Lincoln was telegraphed at Springfield, that his chances with the Convention depended upon obtaining the votes of two delegations which were named in the despatch; and he country was not prepared for the final action of this Convention. In various sections of the Eastern and Middle States, the antecedents and even the name of Mr. Lincoln were entirely unknown. The newspapers announced the nominee as the Illinois Rail-splitter; and however popular this title may have been with the masses, it is ength, with an expression of deep disgust, he muttered: A set of consummate fools! Nominate a man for the Presidency who has never smelt salt water! Some of Mr. Lincoln's immediate neighbors were taken as completely by surprise as those in distant States. An old resident of Springfield told me that there lived within a block o