With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865

Synopsis

From the time of Lincoln's nomination for the presidency until his assassination, John G. Nicolay served as the Civil War president's chief personal secretary. Nicolay became an intimate of Lincoln and probably knew him as well as anyone outside his own family. Unlike John Hay, his subordinate, Nicolay kept no diary, but he did write several memoranda recording his chief's conversation that shed direct light on Lincoln. In his many letters to Hay, to his fiancee, Therena Bates, and to others, Nicolay often describes the mood at the White House as well as events there. He also expresses opinions that were almost certainly shaped by the president.

For this volume, Michael Burlingame includes all of Nicolay's memoranda of conversations, all of the journal entries describing Lincoln's activities, and excerpts from most of the nearly three hundred letters Nicolay wrote to Therena Bates between 1860 and 1865. He includes letters and portions of letters that describe Lincoln or the mood at the White House or that give Nicolay's personal opinions. He also includes letters written by Nicolay while on troubleshooting missions for the president.

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