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A House Divided
Michael Burlingame
Sixteenth President-In-Waiting

Daniel Weinberg  interviews author Michael Burlingame about his new book, Sixteenth President-In-Waiting. This book examines the three months between Lincoln’s election and inauguration through the impressions of full-time  journalist, Henry Villard.  Burlingame has collected all of his dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Sixteenth President In Waiting

Sixteenth President-In-Waiting

Sixteenth President-In-Waiting: Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield Dispatches of Henry Villard, 1860-1861
by Michael Burlingame
Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 407 pages, hardcover, Signed on Bookplate
Available through Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, please call the shop at 312/944-3085

Between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his departure for Washington three months later, journalist Henry Villard sent scores of dispatches from Springfield, Illinois, to various newspapers describing the president-elect’s...[+] READ MORE

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  1. Angela Mayer

    I crammed three questions in, hope that is ok_

    – In a brief from December 13, Henry Villard makes mention of a “considerable sensation” that was made by the appearance of a “live disunionist”, D. E. Ray, from Missouri, who ultimately talked to the president elect and before leaving asked for “a signed copy of the debates with Senator Douglas”. Is this copy still in existence and/or is it known what the inscription said?

    – In a dispatch from January 26 Henry Villard makes mention of the return of Mary Lincoln from a shopping tour. Apparently Abraham Lincoln had walked to the to the railroad depot for three consecutive nights, expecting her return in vain. Villard mentions this incident in a gossipy way – how would such an episode be perceived by the public back in the day?

    – In a note about the inauguration, Henry Villard describes Mr. Lincoln’s fatigue with office seekers and mentions that even his wife “meddled not only with the distribution of minor offices, but even with the assignment of places in the Cabinet”. Can you comment on what offices Mary Lincoln had set her eyes on and what consequences might have occurred had she gotten her will?

    Thank you in advance!

    • M. Sylvia Castle

      Thanks, Angela!


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