He never revealed himself entirely to any one man, and therefore he will always to a certain extent remain enveloped in doubt.
Even those who were with him through long years of hard study and under constantly varying circumstances can hardly say they knew him through and through.
I always believed I could read him as thoroughly as any man, and yet he was so different in many respects from any other one I ever met before or since his time that I cannot say I comprehended him. In this chapter I give my recollection of his individual characteristics as they occur to me, and allow the world to form its own opinion.
If my recollection of the man destroys any other person's ideal, I cannot help it. By a faithful and lifelike description of Lincoln
the man, and a study of his peculiar and personal traits, perhaps some of the apparent contradictions met with by Dr. Holland
will have melted from sight.
was six feet four inches high, and when he left the city of his home for Washington
was fifty-one years old, having good health and no gray hairs, or but few, on his head.
He was thin, wiry, sinewy, raw-boned; thin through the breast to the back, and narrow across the shoulders; standing he leaned forward — was what may be called stoop-shouldered, inclining to the consumptive by build.
His usual weight was one hundred and eighty pounds. His organization-rather his structure and functions — worked slowly.
His blood had to run a long distance from his heart to the extremities of his frame, and his nerve force