The Beacon Biographies

The Beacon Biographies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...the North, and all thoughtful persons throughout the South knew that in Lincoln the South had lost its best and most powerful friend. Fifteen years later, in writing from London to an old friend, of certain persons of rank who had shown him kindness, Booth added whimsically: "You see, I've been so accustomed to the purple; with kings and cardinals have I hobnobbed so familiarly since my boyhood, that I'm accustomed to these honours." But the actor of many tragedies came all unprepared to the tragedy that must, perforce, be acted in his own life. To Booth, a loyal citizen, and a man of most sensitive nature, the shock would have been terrible enough, even if he had had no personal connection with it. His letters during the war to men who were in the field, and to their friends at home, make it plain that his country was inexpressibly dear to him. To Mrs. Eichard Cary, the widow of Captain Cary, Booth had written, only a month before the assassination: "Yes, our news (no news now, though) is indeed glorious. I am happy in it, and glory in it, although Southern-born. God grant the end, or rather the beginning, is now at hand. For when the war ceases, we shall only have begun to live--a nation never to be shaken again, ten times more glorious, a million times firmer than before.? J To contemporaries, although we are prone now to lose sight of the fact, the loss of Lincoln brought not only sorrow and deep resentment, but doubt as well concerning the restoration of the Union. In personal humiliation Booth did not forget former hopes and present fears for the country. Surely, however, he might have been forgiven if the individual had obliterated the state. Since the death of Washington no calamity had so darkened the land, and for the moment it seemed...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656865
  • 9781236656865