By Michael Burlingame

John Hay believed that "real historical past is informed in inner most letters," and the greater than 220 surviving letters and telegrams from his Civil battle days end up that to be real, displaying Abraham Lincoln in motion: "The wealthy person is in high quality whack. i've got infrequently visible him extra serene & busy. he's coping with this warfare, the draft, overseas kinfolk, and making plans a reconstruction of the Union, unexpectedly. I by no means knew with what tyrannous authority he ideas the cupboard, until now. an important issues he makes a decision & there isn't any cavil."Along with Hay's own correspondence, Burlingame contains his surviving authentic letters. notwithstanding missing the "literary brilliance of [Hay's] own letters," Burlingame explains, "they aid flesh out the historic record." Burlingame additionally comprises a few of the letters Hay composed for Lincoln's signature, together with the distinguished letter of condolence to the Widow Bixby.More than an within glimpse of the Civil conflict White apartment, Hay's surviving correspondence presents a window at the international of nineteenth-century Washington, D.C.

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WILLIAMS, WASHINGTON, 1 OCTOBER 1862 149 In reply to yours of this date to Mr. Nicolay,- The matter of Mr. Carlin was referred to the Secretary of War, by the President, and Mr. Carlin's letter was sent to his Brother, Col. Carlin 38th Ill. Vols. ISO To CAPTAIN JOSEPH H. BRADLEY, WASHINGTON, 10 OCTOBER 1862 151 You will see by the enclosed letter that your discharge is considered by the Adjutant General's Office an honorable one. 152 I think you are especially fortunate in extricating yourself so easily from the difficulty into which you entered by a reappointment into your old Regiment.

I wrote the letter that accompanies this before I had heard that Bill Jayne was Todds opponent. 34 This of course alters the question so far as doing anything about the election is concerned. Burn these letters as soon as you read them. To JOHN G. NICOLAY, WASHINGTON, nAUGUST 1862 135 You will have seen by the papers that Pope has been running his head into a hornets nest. He fought a desperate battle the other day-or rather Banks did- Pope coming up at the end of it. 136 He stands now in good position eager for another fight and confident of licking the enemy.

Mrs Watt has gone off and there is no locum tenens. " My horse trade has fallen through: the new horse though fine looking was vicious. So I took back the "near horse;' To [JOHN G. NICOLAY], WASHINGTON, 9 APRIL 1862 102 Glorious news come borne on every wind but the South Wind. While Pope is crossing the turbid and broad torrent of the Mississippi in the blaze of the enemy's fire and Grant is fighting the overwhelming legions of Beauregard at Pittsburgh [Landing], the little Napoleon sits trembling before the handful of men at Yorktown afraid either to fight or nm.

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