His Talk With Lincoln

His Talk With Lincoln

Stradling, James M.; Charnwood, Lord [Preface] [Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron, 1864-1945] ; Hodges, Leigh Mitchell [Introduction]

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Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Riverside Press
Date Published: 1922
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 685


A Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, in book form (spine ends pushed), in a Near Fine example of the quite scarce translucent paper dust jacket (slight loss to the spine panel's top and bottom), housed in as a Very Good slipcase numbered to match the number specified on the Limitation Page (general wear); being copy 349 of this Limited Edition of which 535 copies were issued and from which 500 copies were to be offered for sale. [Please Note: Most of the leaves are unopened at the top edge -- some would describe them as uncut -- and are thus there attached to another leaf, showing this to be an unread copy.] The volume presents a letter from James Stradling to John W. Gilbert, who had lived with Gilbert's family while apprenticing at a tannery, and who then had enlisted in the Union Army. Lincoln was quite accessible to the public and regularly met at the White House with ordinary citizens -- from all classes and from all parts of the nation -- to hear their concerns, with some waiting days for an audience with President Lincoln, and with some seen ahead of Senators, Governors, and Generals. As Lincoln once stated: "This read means of access is, I may say, under our form of government, the only link or cord which connects the people with the governing power; and however unprofitable much of it is, it must be kept up. As, for instance, a mother in a distant part, who has a son in the army who is regularly enlisted, has not served out his time, but has been as long as she thinks he ought to stay, will collect together al the little means she can to bring her here to entreat me to grant him his discharge. Of course, I cannot interfere and can only see her and speak kindly to her." The great writer Nathaniel Hawthorne went to see Lincoln and stated of him: "He was dressed in a rusty black frock-coat and pantaloons, unbrushed, and worn so faithfully that the suit had adapted itself to the curves and angularities of his figure, and had grown to be an outer skin of the man. He had shabby slippers on his feet. His hair was black, still unmixed with gray, stiff, somewhat bushy, and had apparently been acquainted with neither brush nor comb that morning after the disarrangement of the pillow; and as to a nightcap Uncle Abe probably knows nothing of such effeminacies. His complexion is dark and sallow, betokening, I fear, an insalubrious atmosphere around the White House; he has thick black eyebrows and an impending brow; his nose is large, and the lines about his mouth are very strongly defined." In 1863, Sergeant James Stradling went to see Lincoln and, admitted to a waiting room, found so many others there that he wondered if the people had gathered to hear Lincoln give a speech. Stradling, a dedicated soldier, sought to get Lincoln's assistance in being admitted aboard a boat after the Captain thereof had denied passage, so that he (Stradling) could return to the front immediately. The letter was published in this volume for the first time and describes Stradling's experience at the White House and his conversation with the President. Copies of this little volume are not common to the market and are especially difficult to find when complete with the dust jacket and in a condition as nice as is that of this copy. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THIS LINCOLN COLLECTABLE.

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