A few days ago, while reading the memoirs of Philip Sheridan, I noted his meeting with Stanton in Washington on the morning of October 17, 1864.  According to Sheridan, he was summoned to Washington by Stanton himself, and “proceeded at an early hour to the War Department, and as soon as I met Secretary Stanton,…

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I am trying, in the next two months, to get to some of the libraries near Exeter that have key sources for my Stanton biography. Yesterday I was up on the lovely campus of Bowdoin, in Maine, reviewing the papers of William Pitt Fessenden there.  I was reminded, as I often am, of what incredible…

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The Washington lawyer recently had an article by Joseph Goulden about Washington lawyers who have become historians.  There are a few errors–it is the Seward papers not the Stanton papers that run to 200 reels of film–but in general it is a careful and thoughtful article.  Link below: http://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/publications/washington-lawyer/articles/april-2014-lawyer-authors.cfm

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Knowing that I will be in California next school year, knowing that this is probably our last school year here at Phillips Exeter, makes me appreciate Exeter more.  Yes the weather is bad, although today is a lovely warm spring day.  Yes, we live in a small dormitory apartment, and can hear kids at all…

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