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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Wilson, Robert L. 'Robert L. Wilson 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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The ante-rooms were crowded all the time from morning till night, with men, women and children all anxious to see Mr Lincoln to ask some appointment, or to see, and talk to him; and some to ask his advice about their private matters. That crowd swayed, and jostled against each other every day.

Members of the Cabinet, and Gen. McClellan, were admitted, whenever they came. and it did appear that they had to get his common opinion about anything they did, as they would call on him sometimes two or three times each day, and remain a long time in consultation about the duties of the several Departments.

In 1862, after Gen McClellan fell back on the Potomac, and the prospects were very dark, and uncertain; and Mr Lincoln's letters urging McClellan to strike and advance and take Richmond. I was that Summer with the Army under Buell and Halleck. The matter of placing Mr Lincoln at the head of the Army in the field, was generally advocated outside the Regular Army influence. It was conceded that he was not a military man. But he had proved to the world that he was equal to the exigencies of the times, and no man in the army appeared to be. That was the great trait of his character, all through his life. Whatever the exigency might be, he was equal to it, not only disappointing his friends, but also, I have no doubt, himself often —

I am very respectfully [2]
Your Ob't Servant
Robert L Wilson

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2480 — 87; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:1 — 19

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Wilson, Robert L. 'Robert L. Wilson 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=herndon201.html
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