Gift of history - Lincoln letter to Greeley

Title

Gift of history - Lincoln letter to Greeley

Subject

Primary Sources -- Emancipation Proclamation

Description

In August 1862 President Lincoln wrote an open letter to Horace Greeley, editor of New York Tribune. This letter, which has become famous in history, he sent to the National Intelligencer for publication. James Clarke Welling was at that time the editor in charge, and he did what few young editors would have ventured upon. He wanted to make a change to Lincoln’s text so he immediately carried the manuscript back to the President, and suggested its omission. 

President Lincoln good-naturedly complied, not that he was convinced of the alleged imperfection, but because he never stubbornly resisted advice where only trifles were concerned.

John Nicolay, Private Secretary to President Lincoln 

 

Creator

James C. Welling (1825-1894)

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Text

John Nicholay, Lincoln's private secretary recalled that on August 22, 1862 Dr. James Clarke Welling "was at that time the editor in charge of the National Intelligencer and 'did what few young editors would have ventured upon."

"The letter contained a phrase which jarred his conceptions of high rhetorical finish, and he immediately carried the manuscript back to the President, suggesting its omission Mr. Lincoln, who is also acknowledged to be something of an authority on literary style, good-naturedly complied, not that he was convinced of the alleged imperfection, but because he never stubbornly resisted advice where only trifles were concerned"

Original Format

manuscript

Files

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Date Added
November 11, 2011
Collection
MANUSCRIPTS
Item Type
Document
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Citation
James C. Welling (1825-1894), “Gift of history - Lincoln letter to Greeley,” E - A r c h i v e s , accessed April 27, 2017, http://citizenarchivist.omeka.net/items/show/425.