the work of composition, until, now, being somewhat advanced in years, I find myself unable to carry out the undertaking.
Within the past three years I have been assisted in the preparation of the book by Mr. Jesse W. Weik
, of Greencastle, Ind.
, whose industry, patience, and literary zeal have not only lessened my labors, but have secured for him the approbation of Lincoln
's friends and admirers.
has by his personal investigation greatly enlarged our common treasure of facts and information.
He has for several years been indefatigable in exploring the course of Lincoln
In no particular has he been satisfied with anything taken at second hand.
He has visited — as I also did in 1865--Lincoln
's birthplace in Kentucky
, his early homes in Indiana
, and together, so to speak, he and I have followed our hero continuously and attentively till he left Springfield
in 1861 to be inaugurated President
We have retained the original Mss. in all cases, and they have never been out of our hands.
In relating facts therefore, we refer to them in most cases, rather than to the statements of other biographers.
This brief preliminary statement is made so that posterity, in so far as posterity may be interested in the subject, may know that the vital matter of this narrative has been deduced directly from the consciousness, reminiscences, and collected data of