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The Soul Of Abraham Lincoln by William Barton
10-09-2021, 08:35 PM (This post was last modified: 10-09-2021 08:37 PM by Rob Wick.)
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RE: The Soul Of Abraham Lincoln by William Barton
Barton wanted to write to Tarbell as early as the 1890s when her Life of Lincoln came out in McClure's. Barton wrote to a mutual friend asking for an introduction. Either he never wrote her, or the letter is missing in her papers. The first letter that Tarbell answered was written by Barton in 1919 and concerned her views on Lincoln's religion. Interestingly, Tarbell didn't write back until 1923 (and people get mad if you don't respond to a text immediately!). Tarbell explained that she had been out of New York for much of 1919 and 1920 on the lecture circuit and didn't see a whole bunch of letters, including Barton's. They corresponded (and disagreed) with each other up to Barton's death.

Anyone interested can find Barton's papers at the University of Chicago.

Other papers are located in various repositories.


Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

I want the respect of intelligent men, but I will choose for myself the intelligent.
--Carl Sandburg
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