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all; but the book in the corner, leaning against the chair-leg,--you have changed the title of that, I see. Yes, I replied; at the last moment I learned that you frequently consulted, during the period you were preparing the Proclamation, Solicitor Whiting's work on the War Powers of the President, and as Emancipation was the result in fact of a military necessity, the book seemed to me just the thing to go in there; so I simply changed the title, leaving the old sheepskin cover as it was. Now, said he, Whiting's book is not a regular law-book. It is all very well that it should be there; but I would suggest that as you have changed the title, you change also the character of the binding. It now looks like an old volume of United States Statutes. I thanked him for this criticism, and then said: Is there anything else that you would like changed or added? No, he replied, and then repeated very emphatically the expression he used when the design was first sketched upon the canv