Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Opening paragraphs..............

    "On May 18,1860, the day when the Republican Party would nominate its candidate for president, Abraham Lincoln was up early.  As he climbed the stairs to his plainly furnished law office on the west side of the public square in Springfield, Illinois, breakfast was being served at  the 130-room Chenery House on Fourth Street.  Fresh butter, flour, lard, and eggs were being put out for sale at the City Grocery Store on North Sixth Street.  And in the morning newspaper, the proprietors at Smith, Wikersham & Company had announced the arrival of a large stock of silks, calicos, ginghams, and linens, along with a new supply of the latest styles of hosiery and gloves."

-Doris Kerns Goodwin, Team of Rivals

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