By Michael Burlingame
John Hay believed that "real historical past is informed in deepest letters," and the greater than 220 surviving letters and telegrams from his Civil warfare days end up that to be real, exhibiting Abraham Lincoln in motion: "The magnate is in fantastic whack. i've got not often visible him extra serene & busy. he's coping with this battle, the draft, overseas kinfolk, and making plans a reconstruction of the Union, suddenly. I by no means knew with what tyrannous authority he ideas the cupboard, until eventually now. crucial issues he comes to a decision & there's no cavil."Along with Hay's own correspondence, Burlingame contains his surviving legit letters. even though missing the "literary brilliance of [Hay's] own letters," Burlingame explains, "they support flesh out the old record." Burlingame additionally contains a number of the letters Hay composed for Lincoln's signature, together with the distinguished letter of condolence to the Widow Bixby.More than an within glimpse of the Civil battle White residence, Hay's surviving correspondence offers a window at the international of nineteenth-century Washington, D.C.
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21 I have examined the situation of the Munich consulate and find that though the applications are somewhat numerous, none seem so well supported as yours. Besides, you have in Gov. Chase a sincere and earnest 7 CIVIL WAR CORRESPONDENCE advocate. Still, though I think your chances hopeful, you know that it is easier to predict the destination of a thunderbolt than of an office. I hope you may go and that the air of the Bavarian Capital may fill your brain anew with art and poetry and that your first song may be something about Ludwig and Lola.
Let me tell you a fact which proves me insane or Washington preternaturally dull. Yesterday I went to dinner at Willards late & after taking my seat, I saw a solitary diner at a distance. I took up my soup and walked. 47 I was so dull he was almost endurable. If you see Mrs. Lincoln dont hint to her that anything but inexorable necessity called me from Long Branch. I impressed her with the belief that the delay of another day, would break the blockade, recognize Davisdom, impeach the Cabinet and lose the Capital.
1l5 Thats all. To MRS. CARL SCHURZ, WASHINGTON, 20 APRIL 1862 116 The President returned home this evening. I represented your request to him. He replied that he would be pleased to see you tomorrow, Monday, morning early. If you would come as eady as from 8 1/2 to 9 oc1ock in the morning you would be most likely to find him disengaged. To HIRAM KETCHUM, WASHINGTON, 16 MAY 1862 117 The President directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your favor under date of yesterday. 21 CIVIL WAR CORRESPONDENCE To CALEB LYON, WASHINGTON, 21 MAY 1862 118 Herewith I send you the Autograph of which you spoke some days ago.