A SHORT LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

A SHORT LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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by John George Nicolay
     
 

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One of the best biographical books on Abraham Lincoln's life. The book describes in detail our 16th President's trials and tribulations.

Excerpt from Chapter 2:
"The life of Abraham Lincoln, or that part of it which will interest readers for all future time, properly begins in March, 1831, after the winter of the "deep snow." According to frontier custom,… See more details below

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One of the best biographical books on Abraham Lincoln's life. The book describes in detail our 16th President's trials and tribulations.

Excerpt from Chapter 2:
"The life of Abraham Lincoln, or that part of it which will interest readers for all future time, properly begins in March, 1831, after the winter of the "deep snow." According to frontier custom, being then twenty-one years old, he left his father's cabin to make his own fortune in the world. A man named Denton Offutt, one of a class of local traders and speculators usually found about early Western settlements, had probably heard something of young Lincoln's Indiana history, particularly that he had made a voyage on a flatboat from Indiana to New Orleans, and that he was strong, active, honest, and generally, as would be expressed in Western phrase, 'a smart young fellow.'"

From Chapter 5:
His marriage to Miss Todd ended all those mental perplexities and periods of despondency from which he had suffered more or less during his several love affairs, extending over nearly a decade. Out of the keen anguish he had endured, he finally gained that perfect mastery over his own spirit which Scripture declares to denote a greatness superior to that of him who takes a city. Few men have ever attained that complete domination of the will over the emotions, of reason over passion, by which he was able in the years to come to meet and solve the tremendous questions destiny had in store for him. His wedding once over, he took up with resolute patience the hard, practical routine of daily life, in which he had already been so severely schooled. Even his sentimental correspondence with his friend Speed lapsed into neglect. He was so poor that he and his bride could not make the contemplated visit to Kentucky they would both have so much enjoyed. His "national debt" of the old New Salem days was not yet fully paid off. "We are not keeping house, but boarding at the Globe tavern," he writes. "Our room ... and boarding only cost us four dollars a week."

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ISBN-13:
2940012109422
Publisher:
historicalbookshop.com
Publication date:
02/13/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
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