The writing of acknowledgments is one of the more deliciously selfish pleasures an author can enjoy, since it allows a one-by-one recollection of the entire circle of friends, contributors, and critics from whom he has been allowed to borrow reflected glory and wisdom. The work was actually born in the Charles Warren Center for American Studies at Harvard University, where some of the preliminary research work was carried out in the Widener Library's quite-considerable collection of Lincolniana. But it has continued in many other Lincolnian places, as well including Springfield, Galesburg, Peoria, Chicago, Gettysburg, and numerous points in between.
Organizationally, I must single out for recognition the encouragement I have received from the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Studies Institute at Knox College, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the MidAtlantic. Michael Burlingame has been chief among those who have devoted time and effort to this project, and I have benefited from both his work and personal friendship. But I must also single out Thomas F. Schwartz (Secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association), Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson (Lincoln Studies Institute, Knox College), Ronald Rietveld (California State University/Fullerton), John
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Publication information: Book title: Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Contributors: Allen C. Guelzo - Author. Publisher: W. B. Eerdmans. Place of publication: Grand Rapids, MI. Publication year: 1999. Page number: ix.
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