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X. We will 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 f
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 President
realized 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 Jud nement, 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 m s 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 Pres hesitate 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