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Statue of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French Frontispiece

Facing Page CARTOON: The Coming Man's Presidential Career, à la Blondin.

30 View on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, Monday, March 4, 1861

80 CARTOON: Over the Way

132 CARTOON: John Bull Passant sur le Ventre de l'Oncle

Tom, son Ancien Protégé, pour Saisir une Balle de
Coton

186 CARTOON: Abe Lincoln's Last Card; or Rouge-et-noir

238 CARTOON: One Head Better Than Two .

• 290 CARTOON: Columbia Upbraids Lincoln

342 CARTOON: The True Issue, or “That's What's the Matter" 394 CARTOON: Britannia Sympathizes with Columbia

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NOTE. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the helpful suggestions in the selection of Lincoln cartoons of Mr. Oliver McKee, assistant editor of The Pageant of America, whose knowledge of the subjectis extremely wide and sure.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Grateful acknowledgment by the editor is due to the following publishers, authors and proprietors of copyrights, whose permission to include selections from the indicated volumes was generously granted :

The Century Company, New York, for excerpts from The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by John G. Nicolay and John Hay.

Mr. George Haven Putnam, New York, for excerpts from The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Mr. Putnam and Doctor Arthur Brooks Lapsley.

The Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, for excerpts from The Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln, brought together by Gilbert A. Tracy; from The Real Lincoln, by Jesse W. Weik, and from The Diary of Gideon Welles.

The Macmillan Company, New York, Lincoln History Society of New York, and Miss Ida M. Tarbell the author, for excerpts from The Life of Abraham Lincoln.

The J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, for excerpts from Intimate Character Sketches of Abraham Lincoln, by Henry B. Rankin; and The True Abraham Lincoln, by William Eleroy Curtis.

Messrs. D. Appleton & Company, New York, for excerpts from A Biography of William Cullen Bryant, by Parke Godwin; and Abraham Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, by William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik.

Mr. Alexander W. Hannah, Chicago, for permission to include a letter from Lincoln to his wife; first printed in Abraham Lincoln, the Prairie Years, by Carl Sandburg; copyright by Harcourt, Brace & Company.

Doctor William E. Barton, Foxboro, Massachusetts, for excerpts from his Life of Abraham Lincoln.

Honorable William Barnes, Albany, New York, for excerpts from Memoir of Thurlow Weed.

Mr. W. H. Seward, Auburn, New York, for excerpts from Seward at Washington.

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AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

1809-1836

February 12th, 1809. I was born February 12, 1809, near where Hogginsville (Hodgenville) now is, then in Hardin County, Kentucky, at a point within the now county of La Rue, a mile or a mile and a half from where Hodgen's Mill now is. I know no means of identifying the precise locality. It was on Nolin's Creek.

My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families—second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks, some of whom now reside in Adams, and others in Macon County, Illinois. My paternal grandfather, Abraham Lincoln, emigrated from Rockingham County, Virginia, to Kentucky about 1781 or 1782, where a year or two later he was killed by the Indians, not in battle, but by stealth, when he was laboring to open a farm in the forest. His ancestors, who were Quakers, went to Virginia from Berks County, Pennsylvania. An effort to identify them with the New England family of the same name ended in nothing more definite than a similarity of Christian names in both families, such as Enoch, Levi, Mordecai, Solomon, Abraham, and the like.*

My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age, and he grew up literally without education. By the early death of his father, and the very narrow circumstances of his

*Subsequent genealogical labors have established the connection which Lincoln thought did not exist.

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