In The Great American Novel, Abraham Lincoln is an accomplished president.
He is also a very sad author, a collection of letters from the time he left office, his final days in office, and his final years.
His final years, as you may have read in the last few weeks, are filled with despair, grief, and the loss of hope.
Abraham Lincoln died in 1865, leaving behind a legacy of more than 300 books, over 100 films, hundreds of newspaper articles, and countless paintings and sculptures.
But what is the impact of these books, his legacy, and art that have been passed down to us from him?
How can we continue to enjoy this legacy of literature, his letters, and works of art?
The author of Lincoln’s Letters, the book I am reading today, is the last president who did not make an accomplishment list.
In Lincoln’s letters, Abraham writes about his final months in office and his hopes and dreams for the future.
His letters, published by HarperCollins, are a testament to the great man who had such a strong influence on America.
They are a monument to a man who loved America and the world so much, but also to a nation that had lost so much of its self-belief.
They also reveal his love for his wife, Virginia, and, as we have seen throughout this article, his love of art.
In the book, Abraham wrote to his family, his son, his daughter, his brother, and many other people in his life.
“As I lay in bed, thinking of the life I had led, I found myself with a clear vision of the country, the country and the country people.
I felt a clear and powerful urge to carry out my duty.
It was not a simple impulse to leave it up to my children to take the reins of power, and it was not simply a desire to be remembered.
I was trying to give my children an opportunity to make the country what it ought to be.
And it was my duty to take care of my children.
… [T]he day of my departure from the office, I felt as if I had just begun a new life and it seemed to me that the next morning I should begin to enjoy the privilege of living out a new destiny.
I began to believe that if I worked at my duties, if I did my duty as a good and decent citizen, that the nation would prosper and flourish.
And so I left that office and began a new one.”
I am not a scholar of Lincoln or his life, but I know how important letters, paintings, and sculptures can be to a writer.
What follows is a collection from Abraham Lincoln’s last letters, written during the final years of his life and published by Scribner in 2013.
Abraham’s last letter from the Oval Office to the family, from the last day of his presidency, is titled, “The President of the United States, with the best wishes of the Presidency.”
Abraham Lincoln writes, “To my dear daughter, Virginia: May I not miss a day of your life, when I have time to write to you?
May I be alone for the time you are gone?”
Abraham Lincoln and his family on the balcony of the White House, June 30, 1865.
From the Library of Congress, Lincoln, the last year of his Presidency, Volume II, letter 542.
Lincoln was 83 when this letter was written.
The author, who is known as The Last Lincoln, was also known as “The Old Lincoln,” or “The Great One.”
In The Last Abraham Lincoln: Letters and Photographs from his White House Correspondence Room, Lincoln wrote about his last years in office.
I have a feeling that I am in a very happy position.
The country has been so very kind to me.
I had hoped that we would get some help in doing our own work, but the only help I had was from the good people of this country.
My family is very happy, and I know that the great majority of my friends are also.
I think it is quite possible that I will go through life in peace and contentment.
The Last Governor of Pennsylvania, George F. Hickenlooper, in The Last Letters of Abraham Lincoln from his Presidency in 1868.
Abraham was one of the last presidents to have a family in the White Senate, and this is the reason that I wrote this letter.
The last president’s wife, his children, and friends were all very gracious and kind to him.
But I am going to miss you very much, Virginia.
I will miss you too.
You were a wonderful lady, and you were a beautiful and very good wife, too.
And you are a great and wonderful woman, too, and that is all I need say. The