entioning the subject, the sculptor surprised me by saying that he had at his home, in Philadelphia, a printed copy of the verses, taken from a newspaper some years previous.
The President inquired if they were published in any connection with his name.
Mr. Swayne said that they purported to have been written by Abraham Lincoln.
I have heard of that before, and that is why I asked, returned the President.
But there is no truth in it. The poem was first shown to me by a young man named Jason Duncan, many years ago.
The sculptor was using for a studio the office of the Solicitor of the Treasury Department, an irregular room, packed nearly full of law books.
Seating myself, I believe, upon a pile of these at Mr. Lincoln's feet, he kindly repeated the lines, which I wrote down, one by one, as they fell from his lips:--
why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
the authorship of this poem has been made known since this publication in the evening post. it was written by W