I am sometimes asked why it is taking me so long to research and write my biography of Edwin Stanton.  Let me answer, somewhat, by relating what I have found in my research regarding a single day, June 2, 1862. There are two main sources for Stanton’s correspondence in this period.  The first is a…

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Yesterday, in New York City, my wife daughter and I were at the funeral mass for my dear friend John Palenberg.  It was a beautiful service, filled with people from around the world, complete with eccentric music choices (Dancing Cheek to Cheek and Ave Maria, among others).  There were five speakers, including my friend Susan…

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My good friend John Palenberg died in New York City today. I met John when we both arrived at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1978.  We were the same age, in the same section, the group of 140 students that was together for all our classes that first year.  John, as I recall…

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