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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pierce, Edward L. 'Edward L. Pierce to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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Note from page 682: 1. Because the contents of Pierce's large envelope are no longer intact, what is offered here is the editors' attempt to reconstruct the contents from the scattered materials in HW. On October 27, Pierce responded to a request from WHH to write something for the new edition of his biography on the topics Pierce had mentioned in his letter of September 15: (1) meeting AL in Chicago in 1856; (2) attending the 1860 nominating convention; (3) his encounter with AL as president; and (4) corresponding with WHH in 1860 — 61 about AL. These are the topics treated in enclosures A — D. Pierce's account of AL's giving Chase credit for the closing of the Emancipation Proclamation constitutes enclosure E. Pierce says he also included some notes on AL's visit to Massachusetts in 1848. These apparently included the extracts from the Worcester Spy supplied by Bartlett, enclosure F, and a notice of the Whig rally at Lowell from the Lowell Journal and Courier, Sept. 18, 1848, enclosure G. The original of Pierce's narrative does not seem to be in HW, but a version of it was included in the revised 1892 edition of WHH and JWW's biography. A fragment in Pierce's hand that may represent an omitted opening is printed as enclosure H. The portion that appeared in the 1892 edition is reproduced as enclosure I.


Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pierce, Edward L. 'Edward L. Pierce to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon682a.html
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