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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Preface. (search)
but true, in all essential particulars. There has been no disposition to select from, embellish, or suppress, any portion of the material in my possession. The incidents given were not in any sense isolated exceptions to the daily routine of Mr. Lincoln's life. My aim has been throughout these pages to portray the man as he was revealed to me, without any attempt at idealization. In addition to my own reminiscences, I have woven into the book various personal incidents, published and unpublished, which bear intrinsic evidence of genuineness,--attaching in these instances, where it seemed necessary and proper, the sources of such contributions. I am not one of those inclined to believe that Mr. Lincoln, in the closing months of his career, reached the full measure of his greatness. Man may not read the future: but it is my firm conviction, that, had he lived through his second term, he would have continued to grow, as he had grown, in the estimation and confidence of his c
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, I. (search)
I. I leave to other and abler pens the proper estimate of Abraham Lincoln as a ruler and statesman, his work and place in history. Favored during the year 1864 with several months of personal intercourse with him, I shall attempt in these pages to write the story of that association; not for any value which the record will have in itself; but for the glimpses it may afford of the person and character of the man,--every detail of whose life is now invested with enduring interest for the American people.
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Iii. (search)
Iii. When Abraham Lincoln, called from the humblest rank in life to preside over the nation during the most momentous period of its history, uttered his Proclamation of Freedom,--shattering forever the chains which bound four millions of human beings in slavery; an act unparalleled for moral grandeur in the history of mankind,--it was evident to all who sought beneath the surface for the cause of the war that the crisis was past,--that so surely as Heaven is on the side of Right and Justice, the North would triumph in the great struggle which had assumed the form of a direct issue between Freedom and Slavery. In common with many others, I had from the beginning of the war believed that the government would not be successful in putting down a rebellion based upon slavery as its avowed corner-stone, without striking a death-blow at the institution itself. As the months went on, and disappointment and disaster succeeded one another, this conviction deepened into certainty. Wh
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Iv. (search)
tion of the Secretary of State, and I determined upon such an incident as the moment of time to be represented. I was subsequently surprised and gratified when Mr. Lincoln himself, reciting the history of the Proclamation to me, dwelt particularly upon the fact that not only was the time of its issue decided by Secretary Seward's the completion of the design I went to see a friend who I knew was intimate with the Hon. Schuyler Colfax and Hon. Owen Lovejoy, through whom I hoped to obtain Mr. Lincoln's assent to my plan. I revealed to him my purpose, and asked his assistance in carrying it into effect. During the following week he went to Washington, and id: In short, if I understand you, you wish me to consent to sit to this artist for the picture? My friends acknowledged this to be the object of their errand. Mr. Lincoln at once, with his accustomed kindness, promised his cooperation. The last day of the year the Hon. Mr. Lovejoy, whom I had never met, but who had become war
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, V. (search)
upon me, and had been forgotten. Suddenly there seemed to come into my mind the words: This man has been sent to you. Full of the singular impression, I laid before him my conception. He heard me through, and then asked if I was sure of President Lincoln's consent and cooperation. I informed him of the pledge which had been given me. Then, said he, you shall paint the picture. Take plenty of time,--make it the great work of your life,--and draw upon me for whatever funds you will require resident Lincoln's consent and cooperation. I informed him of the pledge which had been given me. Then, said he, you shall paint the picture. Take plenty of time,--make it the great work of your life,--and draw upon me for whatever funds you will require to the end. To Mr. Samuel Sinclair, of the New York Tribune, for the introduction to Mr. Lincoln, and to Frederick A. Lane, Esq., of New York, for the generous aid thus extended, I shall ever be indebted for the accomplishment of my work.
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, VI. (search)
ntroducing me to the President. This, handed to me open; I read. One expression I have not forgotten, it was so like Mr. Lincoln himself, as I afterward came to know him. I am gaining very slowly.--It is hard work drawing the sled up-hill. And thremembered, he had a relapse, and died, universally mourned as one of the truest and most faithful of our statesmen. Mr. Lincoln did not hear from him directly after he left Washington. Through a friend I learned by letter that he was lying at thresenting it during the day. The following morning passed with the same result, and I then resolved to avail myself of Mrs. Lincoln's Saturday afternoon reception — at which, I was told, the President would be present — to make myself known to him. Ttraction, the blue room. From the threshold of the crimson parlor as I passed, I had a glimpse of the gaunt figure of Mr. Lincoln in the distance, haggard-looking, dressed in black, relieved only by the prescribed white gloves; standing, it seemed
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Vii. (search)
r. Seward, while I approve the measure, I suggest, sir, that you postpone its issue, until you can give it to the country supported by military success, instead of issuing it, as would be the case now, upon the greatest disasters of the war! Mr. Lincoln continued: The wisdom of the view of the Secretary of State struck me with very great force. It was an aspect of the case that, in all my thought upon the subject, I had entirely overlooked. The result was that I put the draft of the proclamnd naval authority thereof, will recognize the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom. When I finished reading this paragraph, resumed Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Seward stopped me, and said, I think, Mr. President, that you should insert after the word recognize, in that sentence, the words and maintain. I replied that I had already fully considered the import of that expression in this connection
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Viii. (search)
hich belonged to them respectively in the Administration. There was a curious mingling of fact and allegory in my mind, as I assigned to each his place on the canvas. There were two elements in the Cabinet, the radical and the conservative. Mr. Lincoln was placed at the head of the official table, between two groups, nearest that representing the radical, but the uniting point of both. The chief powers of a government are War and Finance: the ministers of these were at his right, -the Secrequestions involved, with folded arms, was placed at the foot of the table opposite the President. The Secretary of the Interior and the Postmaster-General, occupying the less conspicuous positions of the Cabinet, seemed to take their proper places in the background of the picture. When, at length, the conception as thus described was sketched upon the large canvas, and Mr. Lincoln came in to see it, his gratifying remark, often subsequently repeated, was, It is as good as it can be made.
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, X. (search)
l turn you in loose here, proved an open sesame to me during the subsequent months of my occupation at the White House. My access to the official chamber was made nearly as free as that of the private secretaries, unless special business was being transacted. Sometimes a stranger, approaching the President with a low tone, would turn an inquiring eye toward the place where I sat, absorbed frequently in a pencil sketch of some object in the room. This would be met by the hearty tones of Mr. Lincoln,--I can hear them yet ringing in my ears,--Oh, you need not mind him; he is but a painter. There was a satisfaction to me, differing from that of any other experience, in simply sitting with him. Absorbed in his papers, he would become unconscious of my presence, while I intently studied every line and shade of expression in that furrowed face. In repose, it was the saddest face I ever knew. There were days when I could scarcely look into it without crying. During the first week of th
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, XI. (search)
XI. The following Tuesday I spent with Mr. Lincoln in his study. The morning was devoted to the Judge-Advocate-General, who had a large number of court-martial cases to submit to the Presidentrealized what it was to have power, as on this occasion. As case after case was presented to Mr. Lincoln, one stroke of his pen confirmed or commuted the sentence of death. In several instances Judnement, and was shot dead in the act by the sentinel on guard. With an expression of relief, Mr. Lincoln rejoined, I ought to be obliged to him for taking his fate into his own hands; he has saved ms to pieces. When captured, a number of human ears were found upon his person. Referring to Mr. Lincoln's disposition to pardon or commute the majority of the death sentences, he remarked, The Preshesitate to call traitors and treason by their right names. When the clock struck twelve, Mr. Lincoln drew back from the table, and with a stretch of his long arms, remarked, I guess we will go n
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