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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxvi. (search)
d will double it, if necessary! This noble response [quoted from memory] overwhelmed the President, and lifted the dead weight which seemed to have paralyzed all present. I repeated this account substantially as here given; but both parties smiled and shook their heads. It is a pity to spoil so good a story, returned the President, but, unfortunately, there is not a word of truth in it. I believe the only convocation of Governors that has taken place during the war, he added, looking at Curtin, was that at Altoona — was it not? Subsequently the two gentlemen proposed to visit my room, and Mr. Lincoln accompanied them. Sitting down under the chandelier on the edge of the long table, which ran the whole length of the apartment, swinging back and forth his long legs; passing his hand occasionally over his brow and through his rough hair (his appearance and manner come back to me most vividly, as I write), he listened abstractedly to my brief explanation of the design of the pictu