By Roy P. Basler
The so much complete and readable one-volume selection of Lincoln's writings ever released. -David Herbert Donald.
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B. WASHBURNE MAY 27, 1858 LETTER TO SAMUEL WILKINSON JUNE 10, 1858 A HOUSE DIVIDED: SPEECH DELIVERED AT SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, AT THE CLOSE OF THE ... LETTER TO JOSEPH MEDILL JUNE 25, 1858 LETTER TO JAMES W. SOMERS JUNE 25, 1858 SPEECH IN REPLY TO DOUGLAS AT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. ] LETTER TO HENRY E. DUMMER AUGUST 5, 1858 FIRST DEBATE, AT OTTAWA, ILLINOIS AUGUST 21, 1858 FRAGMENT: SPEECH AT EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS SEPTEMBER 11, 1858 LETTER TO M. P. ] LETTER TO J. N. BROWN OCTOBER 18, 1858 LAST SPEECH IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, IN THE CAMPAIGN OF 1858.
In any event, Lincoln’s early life sufficed to provide him with a great store of practical knowledge and a deep understanding of and sympathy with the people among whom he would live most of his life. This knowledge and understanding provided a firm footing which served him more dependably than an elaborate schooling served many of his contemporaries. Anyone inclined toward the various types of “progressive” education which are sponsored today by the pedagogically elite—with their emphasis on “social living,” “cooperative endeavor,” “discussion-action,” and “learning by doing,” might, in fact, conclude that Lincoln’s early educational advantages were nonpareil.
And though we sometimes meet the expression, “a Lincolnian style,” it has no strict meaning as in the case of Whitman. Lincoln had many styles. It has been computed that his printed speeches and writings number 1,078,365 words. One may range through this record of utterance and find a wider variety of styles than in any other American statesman or orator. And perhaps no author of books has written and vocalized in such a diversity of speech tones directed at all manners and conditions of men. This may be saying, in effect, that the range of the personality of Abraham Lincoln ran far, identifying itself with the tumults and follies of mankind, keeping touch with multitudes and solitudes.