Thursday, February 14, 2013

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, Wickersham & Company, had announce the arrival of a large spring stock of silks, calicos, ginghams, and linens, along with a new supply of the latest styles of hosiery and gloves.
-Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals

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