By Michael Burlingame
Michael Burlingame provides nameless and pseudonymous newspaper articles written by means of Lincoln's assistant own secretary, John Hay, among 1860 and 1864. within the White condo, Hay turned the last word insider, the fellow who had the president's ear. "Only an incredibly small variety of folks ever observed Abraham Lincoln either day and evening in public in addition to deepest settings from 1860 to 1864," notes Wayne C. Temple, leader deputy director, Illinois nation data. "And just one of them had the literary aptitude of John Milton Hay."Burlingame takes nice pains to set up authorship of the goods reproduced the following. He convincingly demonstrates that the essays and letters written for the windfall magazine, the Springfield Illinois country magazine, and the St. Louis Missouri Democrat lower than the pseudonym "Ecarte" are the paintings of Hay. And he reveals a lot circumstantial and stylistic facts that Hay wrote as "our specified correspondent" for the Washington global and for the St. Louis Missouri Republican. simply identifiable, Hay's kind used to be "marked by way of lengthy sentences, baroque syntactical structure, massive vocabulary, verbal pyrotechnics, cocksure tone (combining acid contempt and lavish praise), offbeat adverbs, and scornful adjectives." (20080923)
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Extra resources for Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860 - 1864
On September 26, 1862, Hay wrote in his diary: "Last night September 25 the President and I were riding to Soldiers Home; he said he had heard of an officer who had said they did not mean to gain any decisive victory but to keep things running on so that the army might manage things to suit themselves. " In a dispatch to the Missouri Republican dated October 1, 1862, the Washington correspondent reported: Major John J. Key . . "That is not the game. " This shameful utterance was reported to the President.
The announcement was formally made by Mr. Ashmun, the president of the late convention, and Mr. Lincoln very briefly responded. His letter of acceptance will be published in a few days. Until nearly midnight the rejoicings continued. The principal streets were ablaze with illuminations. Bonfires flamed and roared in public places, and bursting rockets paled the splendor of the calm May star-light. The Republicans of the Prairie State feel large-hearted and jubilant. That victory which they would cheerfully and earnestly have labored to secure under the leadership of the great New Yorker, they are sure of now.
On October 10, Hay recorded in his diary the following words of McClellan: "I intend to be careful, and do as well as possible. " On November 4, a Washington correspondent told readers of the Missouri Republican: "Plain people began to think princes a bore. Fortunately for the class, at this time came our young soldiers of the house of Orleans, to redeem from contempt the princely character. Roused by a noble and glorious impulse of abstract honor and principle, they came to fight in the Western world the battle of freedom and constitutional law.
Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860 - 1864 by Michael Burlingame