Recollections of President Lincoln and His Administration

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Harper & Brothers, 1891 - United States - 470 pages

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The most intimate and informed personal account of day-to-day encounters with Lincoln I've read. Chittenden served as Asst. Sect. of the Treasury. Touching and moving how the author writes about his respect for the president.


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Page 163 - I AM the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and out of the house of bondage.
Page 89 - The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government, and to collect the duties and imposts...
Page 445 - With rebellion thus sugar-coated they have been drugging the public mind of their section for more than thirty years, and until at length they have brought many good men to a willingness to take up arms against the Government...
Page 282 - ... and fighting our ain battles. But when the hour of trouble comes to the mind or to the body — and seldom may it visit your Leddyship— and when the hour of death comes, that comes to high and low — lang and late may it be yours ! — Oh, my Leddy, then it isna what we hae dune for oursells, but what we hae dune for others, that we think on maist pleasantly.
Page 98 - Secession is nothing but revolution. The framers of our Constitution never exhausted so much labor, wisdom, and forbearance in its formation, and surrounded it with so many guards and securities, if it was intended to be broken by every member of the Confederacy at will. It is intended for "perpetual union...
Page 44 - Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, having received a majority of the whole number of electoral votes, is duly elected President of the United States for the four years commencing on the 4th of March, 1861.
Page 276 - you are not going to be shot to-morrow. I believe you when you tell me that you could not keep awake. I am going to trust you, and send you back to your regiment. But I have been put to a good deal of trouble on your account. I have had to come up here from Washington when I have got a great deal to do; and what I want to know is, how are you going to pay my bill?
Page 143 - Nor have I been tempted at all by suggestions that cases might be found in history where Great Britain refused to yield to other nations, and even to ourselves, claims like that which is now before us.
Page 43 - Constitution, to open the certificates of election in the presence of the two Houses. And I now proceed to 'the performance of that duty.
Page 73 - My course is as plain as a turnpike road. It is marked out by the Constitution. I am in no doubt which way to go. Suppose now we all stop discussing and try the experiment of obedience to the Constitution and the laws. Don't you think it would work?

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