By Michael Burlingame
John Hay believed that "real heritage is instructed in inner most letters," and the greater than 220 surviving letters and telegrams from his Civil struggle days turn out that to be real, exhibiting Abraham Lincoln in motion: "The rich person is in positive whack. i've got hardly ever obvious him extra serene & busy. he's handling this battle, the draft, international kin, and making plans a reconstruction of the Union, by surprise. I by no means knew with what tyrannous authority he ideas the cupboard, until now. crucial issues he comes to a decision & there is not any cavil."Along with Hay's own correspondence, Burlingame comprises his surviving respectable letters. notwithstanding missing the "literary brilliance of [Hay's] own letters," Burlingame explains, "they support flesh out the ancient record." Burlingame additionally comprises the various letters Hay composed for Lincoln's signature, together with the prestigious letter of condolence to the Widow Bixby.More than an within glimpse of the Civil struggle White apartment, Hay's surviving correspondence presents a window at the global of nineteenth-century Washington, D.C.
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22 I hear nothing but encouraging accounts of the fight of yesterday in Charleston Harbor. Gen. Seymour Chief of Staff says we are sure to whip them, much surer than we were before the attack. 24 The Keokuk was sunk and the Patapsco somewhat damaged but as a whole they encountered the furious and concentrated fire of the enemy in a style for which even our own officers had scarcely dared to hope. 25 The attack will soon be resumed with greater confidence and greater certainty of what they are able to do than before.
52 I dont wish to hurry you, but write simply to say that Dr. Pope's prediction has been realized. 53 I am flat of my back with bilious fever. I had a gay old delerium yesterday, but am some better today. Dr. thinks I will be around in a day or two. Bob Lincoln came this morning bringing positive orders from his mother for me to join her at New York for an extension of her trip. I dont know where. Of course I cant go-as things look. There is no necessity whatever for you to return just now. 54 There is no business in the office and Stoddard is here all the time.
32 I am dreadfully lonesome here. 33 I hope you may never know the dry, barren, agony of soul that comes with the utter and hopeless loss of a great love. I think often of him whenever I ought to be jolly, with a tearless abandon which good people who hope for heaven can never conceive. You remember that impious rhyme of mine which I gave you once. It seems to me now like a wicked prophecy. Why dont the changing years which improve all things change me? My good is slipping from me, and evil is developing simply.
At Lincoln’s Side: John Hay’s Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings by Michael Burlingame