Lincoln Revised Aug 22, 1862 Letter to Horace Greeley

Title

Lincoln Revised Aug 22, 1862 Letter to Horace Greeley

Subject

Subject-American History, Civil War-President Lincoln

Description

Dr. James Clarke Welling's eulogy included President Lincoln's secretary, John Nicolay recalling that:

On August 22, 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. 

Dr. 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, PRINCETON BULLETIN VOL VII; APRIL, 1895
 

Creator

James C. Welling (1825-1894)

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Interviewer

Research by Caroline Welling Van Deusen

Interviewee

Quote by John Nicolay, Private Secretary to President Lincoln

Location

Washington DC

Transcription

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

Original Format

Written

Time Summary

1894

Files

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Date Added
July 13, 2012
Collection
PAPERS
Item Type
Oral History
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Citation
James C. Welling (1825-1894), “Lincoln Revised Aug 22, 1862 Letter to Horace Greeley,” E - A r c h i v e s , accessed June 24, 2017, http://citizenarchivist.omeka.net/items/show/613.