I am reading today Washington In Lincoln’s Time, by Noah Brooks.  Most scholars work with the edited version, published by Herbert Mitgang in 1958.  Mitgang’s book has some useful notes and pictures, but I am working instead with the online version of the original version, published by Century in 1896. Why?  The INDEX. According to…

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I spoke yesterday to perhaps three or four hundred people at the National Book Festival on the mall in Washington.  Then signed books and posters and programs for perhaps a hundred people–including some old friends. For those who were not there, and want to see what I said, CSPAN was there and taped it, and…

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John Denver, in his song Goodbye Again, sings that “I have to go to see some friends of mine, some that I don’t know, some that aren’t familiar with my name.  It’s something that’s inside of me, not hard to understand, it’s anyone who’ll listen to me sing.” Well, I am not that bad, but…

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