not afraid of you in this direction.
Don't let any thing deter you from digging to the bottom; yet don't forget that if Lincoln
had some faults, Washington
had more — few men have less.
In drawing the portrait tell the world what the skeleton was with Lincoln
What gave him that peculiar melancholy?
What cancer had he inside?”
Some persons will doubtless object to the narration of certain facts which appear here for the first time, and which they contend should have been consigned to the tomb.
Their pretense is that no good can come from such ghastly exposures.
To such over-sensitive souls, if any such exist, my answer is that these facts are indispensable to a full knowledge of Mr. Lincoln
in all the walks of life.
In order properly to comprehend him and the stirring, bloody times in which he lived, and in which he played such an important part, we must have all the facts-we must be prepared to take him as he was.
In determining Lincoln
's title to greatness we must not only keep in mind the times in which he lived, but we must, to a certain extent, measure him with other men. Many of our great men and our statesmen, it is true, have been self-made, rising gradually through struggles to the topmost round of the ladder; but Lincoln
rose from a lower depth than any of them — from a stagnant, putrid pool, like the gas which, set on fire by its own energy and self-combustible nature, rises in jets, blazing, clear, and bright.
I should be remiss in my duty if I did not throw the light on this part of the picture, so