THIS PROJECT COULD NEVER have been undertaken, much less realized, without the invaluable help of a number of people whose efforts deserve more gratitude than I can possibly acknowledge adequately here.
First, Thomas F. Schwartz, curator of the Henry Horner Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield, helped facilitate the research by providing the original Illinois newspaper records that formed the basis for the transcripts reproduced in this volume. I am indebted to him for all his assistance, not to mention his forbearance when smeared xeroxes had to be rephotographed.
Wherever I turned, my colleagues in the Lincoln fraternity were ready and willing to help. My good friend and frequent coauthor Mark E. Neely, the director of the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, supplied both enthusiasm and his usual invaluable critical reading of the text. His suggestions made this a better book. Another close friend, Frank J. Williams, president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, also read the text, and generously agreed to the publication of his wonderful painting