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Lincoln & Herndon's Office in the Tha
Mrs. Lincoln, 1861. (From a photograph
in possession of the author)..
Fac-simile of Lincoln's Letter to Grace
146 Henry Wilson...
War Meeting in Washington..
Ambrose E. Burnside...
Henry J. Raymond...
357 R. M. T. Hunter
360 General Grant's Headquarters...
364 Key of the Richmond Slave Prison. (In pos368 session of the author)..
President Lincoln and Cabinet Receiving the
Passage of the Amendment to the Constitu-
Alexander H. Stephens...
371 Military Railroad, City Point..
384 Parke Station ...
387 President Lincoln in Richmond..
389 Confederate Presidential Mansion..
David R. Locke ("Petroleum V. Nasby").. 451
Oliver P. Morton..
502 . 507 510
393 General Grant Receiving His Commission.. 397 Sunday Afternoon..
House in which Abraham Lincoln Died.... 516 John Wilkes Booth. (From a photograph taken in 1864).......
Mrs. Surratt's House. (From a photograph taken in 1865)....
Clement L. Vallandigham.
419 Diagram of the Box Occupied by President
LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
AR back in the centuries the river Witham, which winds through the lowlands of eastern England, was known as the Lindis. The town which the Romans built on the bank of the stream received the name of Lindum. When the Normans made themselves masters of England they built a castle on the top of the hill that overlooks the town and changed the name to Lincoln. (') In the course of years it became the name of a family. Possibly there were several families bearing the name in Norfolk and Lincoln counties. We know
1620. that one such family had its home in Hingham, and that Samuel Lincoln was an infant on that day when the Pilgrims, in December, 1620, established a government of the people in America. We also know that there was an older brother, Thomas; but it is not certain that we shall ever learn much about their parents. It seems probable that they were obliged to work hard to obtain a living for themselves and their children. We may conclude that their home was a cottage thatched with straw. We may think of the brothers as playing in the streets, or going into the green fields and gathering daisies, listening to the larks and nightingales. They could look across the meadows and see the tall spire of Norwich Cathedral, and in the hush and stillness hear the great bell sending forth its music.
Quite likely they heard their parents say that King James had died, and that his son, Charles I., was King. Then the talk was about troublesome times. The King maintained that he was ordained by God to rule the nation, and that it was the duty of the people to obey. The bishop preached that the King could do no wrong.
Charles wanted money, and levied taxes without consulting Parliament. The Puritans who would not pay, together with those who would not accept the ritual prepared by the bishop, were arrested-so many that the jail and the Guildhall in Norwich were filled. When the officers undertook to collect the tax in Lincoln the people pelted them with