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Springfield (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
pter 20. the substance of this chapter I delivered in the form of a lecture to a Springfield audience in 1866. W. H. H. The visit of Dr. Holland to Springfield. what he learned from Lincoln's neighbors. their contradictory opinions. description by the author of Lincoln's person. how he walked. his face and head. led into exhibition by their own qualities. I beg to note here in passing the estimate of Lincoln's mind and character by one of his colleagues at the bar in Springfield who still survives, but whose name, for certain reasons, I am constrained to withhold. I still retain the original Ms. written by him twenty years ago. I am paarty, nor could he realize the offense of telling a vulgar yarn if a preacher happened to be present. Sometime in 1857 a lady reader or elocutionist came to Springfield and gave a public reading in a hall immediately north of the State House. As lady lecturers were then rare birds, a very large crowd greeted her. Among other t
man; but, in reality, it was the walk of caution and firmness. In sitting down on a common chair he was no taller than ordinary men. His legs and arms were abnormally, unnaturally long, and in undue proportion to the remainder of his body. It was only when he stood up that he loomed above other men. Mr. Lincoln's head was long, and tall from the base of the brain and from the eyebrows. His head ran backwards, his forehead rising as it ran back at a low angle, like Clay's, and unlike Webster's, which was almost perpendicular. The size of his hat measured at the hatter's block was seven and one-eighth, his head being, from ear to ear, six and one-half inches, and from the front to the back of the brain eight inches. Thus measured it was not below the medium size. His forehead was narrow but high; his hair was dark, almost black, and lay floating where his fingers or the winds left it, piled up at random. His cheek-bones were high, sharp, and prominent; his jaws were long and
n public life. The adulation by base multitudes of a living, and the pageantry surrounding a dead, President do not shake my well-settled convictions of the man's mental calibre. Physiologically and phrenologically the man was a sort of monstrosity. His frame was large, long, bony, and muscular; his head, small and disproportionately shaped. He had large, square jaws: large, heavy nose; small, lascivious mouth; and soft, tender, bluish eyes. I would say he was a cross between Venus and Hercules. I believe it to be inconsistent with the laws of human organization for any such creature to possess a mind capable of anything called great. The man's mind partook of the incongruities of his body. He had no mind not possessed by the most ordinary of men. It was simply the peculiarity of his mental and the oddity of his physical structure, as well as the qualities of his heart that singled him out from the mass of men. His native love of justice, truth, and humanity led his mind a grea
ows cropped out like a huge rock on the brow of a hill; his long, sallow face was wrinkled and dry, with a hair here and there on the surface; his cheeks were leathery; his ears were large, and ran out almost at right angles from his head, caused partly by heavy hats and partly by nature; his lower lip was thick, hanging, and undercurved, while his chin reached for the lip upcurved; his neck was neat and trim, his head being well balanced on it; there was the lone mole on the right cheek, and Adam's apple on his throat. Thus stood, walked, acted, and looked Abraham Lincoln. He was not a pretty man by any means, nor was he an ugly one; he was a homely man, careless of his looks, plain-looking and plain-acting. He had no pomp, display, or dignity, so-called. He appeared simple in his carriage and bearing. He was a sad-looking man; his melancholy dripped from him as he walked. His apparent gloom impressed his friends, Lincoln's melancholy never failed to impress any man who e
John T. Stuart (search for this): chapter 21
nds, Lincoln's melancholy never failed to impress any man who ever saw or knew him. The perpetual look of sadness was his most prominent feature. The cause of this peculiar condition was a matter of frequent discussion among his friends. John T. Stuart said it was due to his abnormal digestion. His liver failed to work properly — did not secrete bile — and his bowels were equally as inactive. I used to advise him to take blue-mass pills, related Stuart, and he did take them before he wentStuart, and he did take them before he went to Washington, and for five months while he was President, but when I came on to Congress he told me he had ceased using them because they made him cross. The reader can hardly realize the extent of this peculiar tendency to gloom. One of Lincoln's colleagues in the Legislature of Illinois is authority for the statement coming from Lincoln himself that this mental depression became so intense at times he never dared carry a pocket-knife. Two things greatly intensified his characteristic sadn
Abraham Lincoln (search for this): chapter 21
a description Dr. Holland, after interviewing Lincoln's old-time friends, would make of his individive mind. Dr. Holland had only found what Lincoln's friends had always experienced in their reltood up that he loomed above other men. Mr. Lincoln's head was long, and tall from the base of could have loved him better. One day while Mr. Lincoln was absent — he had gone to Chicago to try on to what is said. Otherwise I dissent. Mr. Lincoln's perceptions were slow, cold, clear, and ere nature, man, and principle suggestive to Mr. Lincoln, not only had he accurate and exact perceptealm of Deity in man. It is from this point Mr. Lincoln must be viewed. Not only was he cautious, osed upon. All the wise and good things Mr. Lincoln ever did sprang out of his great reason, hie in thought, one in will, one in action. If Lincoln cautiously awaited the full development of thesperate struggle for national existence, Abraham Lincoln will always be an interesting historical [76 more...]
J. G. Holland (search for this): chapter 21
d in the form of a lecture to a Springfield audience in 1866. W. H. H. The visit of Dr. Holland to Springfield. what he learned from Lincoln's neighbors. their contradictory opinions. deme type of our civilization. the man for the hour. Soon after the death of Mr. Lincoln Dr. J. G. Holland came out to Illinois from his home in Massachusetts to gather up materials for a life of tln I never fully knew and understood him, and I therefore wondered what sort of a description Dr. Holland, after interviewing Lincoln's old-time friends, would make of his individual characteristics.in life. That passion or sentiment steadied and determined an otherwise indecisive mind. Dr. Holland had only found what Lincoln's friends had always experienced in their relations with him — th of his peculiar and personal traits, perhaps some of the apparent contradictions met with by Dr. Holland will have melted from sight. Mr. Lincoln was six feet four inches high, and when he left
James Gourly (search for this): chapter 21
he had gone to Chicago to try a suit in the United States Court — his wife and I formed a conspiracy to take off the roof and raise his house. It was originally a frame structure one story and a half high. When Lincoln returned he met a gentleman on the sidewalk and, looking at his own house and manifesting great surprise, inquired: Stranger, can you tell me where Lincoln lives? The gentleman gave him the necessary information, and Lincoln gravely entered his own premises. --Statement, James Gourly, February 9, 1866. If a friend met or passed him, and he awoke from his reverie, something would remind him of a story he had heard in Indiana, and tell it he would, and there was no alternative but to listen. Thus, I repeat, stood and walked and talked this singular man. He was odd, but when that gray eye and that face and those features were lit up by the inward soul in fires of emotion, then it was that all those apparently ugly features sprang into organs of beauty or disappeared
Henry Clay (search for this): chapter 21
that he was a tricky man; but, in reality, it was the walk of caution and firmness. In sitting down on a common chair he was no taller than ordinary men. His legs and arms were abnormally, unnaturally long, and in undue proportion to the remainder of his body. It was only when he stood up that he loomed above other men. Mr. Lincoln's head was long, and tall from the base of the brain and from the eyebrows. His head ran backwards, his forehead rising as it ran back at a low angle, like Clay's, and unlike Webster's, which was almost perpendicular. The size of his hat measured at the hatter's block was seven and one-eighth, his head being, from ear to ear, six and one-half inches, and from the front to the back of the brain eight inches. Thus measured it was not below the medium size. His forehead was narrow but high; his hair was dark, almost black, and lay floating where his fingers or the winds left it, piled up at random. His cheek-bones were high, sharp, and prominent; his
soul beneath the material; but to Mr. Lincoln no life was individual that did not manifest itself to him. His mind was his standard. His mental action was deliberate, and he was pitiless and persistent in pursuit of the truth. No error went undetected, no falsehood unexposed, if he once was aroused in search of the truth. The true peculiarity of Mr. Lincoln has not been seen by his various biographers; or, if seen, they have failed woefully to give it that importance which it deserves. Newton beheld the law of the universe in the fall of an apple from a tree to the ground; Owen saw the animal in its claw; Spencer saw evolution in the growth of a seed; and Shakespeare saw human nature in the laugh of a man. Nature was suggestive to all these men. Mr. Lincoln no less saw philosophy in a story and an object lesson in a joke. His was a new and original position, one which was always suggesting something to him. The world and man, principles and facts, all were full of suggestions to
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