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06-30-2021, 11:28 AM (This post was last modified: 06-30-2021 11:35 AM by Gene C.)
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RE: Children's Books
Tad Lincoln by T Morris Longstreth

Going back up to post # 37, I have found another writer telling of the episode of Tad turning the water hose on Stanton. The story is in "Lincoln Talks" by Emanuel Hertz. His book was published in 1939, and he attributes the story to Thomas Pendel, the chief doorkeeper at the White House. He frequently looked after Tad, according to the web site Mr. Lincolns White House
http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/resi...4-unknown/

Here is the story from "Lincoln Talks" - Tad and Stanton p.215- 217.
https://archive.org/details/lincolntalks...4/mode/2up

Thomas Pendel later wrote a book entitled "Thirty Six Years In The White House" copyright 1901. The story of Tad is not recorded in that book. Copies of his book can also be found in the Internet Archives.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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07-01-2021, 08:13 AM
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(06-30-2021 11:28 AM)Gene C Wrote:  Thomas Pendel later wrote a book entitled "Thirty Six Years In The White House" copyright 1901. The story of Tad is not recorded in that book. Copies of his book can also be found in the Internet Archives.

I have never understood why Emanuel Hertz put that story in his book. All that he had to do was check in Pendel's book to verify the story. And, then again, where did Hertz get the story? Somebody had to write it.

I posted the story as true and I apologized to Laurie Verge (and others) for my mistake.

"So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history." -- Plutarch
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07-18-2021, 03:58 PM (This post was last modified: 07-18-2021 07:21 PM by Gene C.)
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RE: Children's Books
The Boy Lincoln by William Stoddard

This book was written by one of Lincoln's private secretary's. Stoddard also handled most of Mrs. Lincoln's mail. Stoddard would later wrote over 100 books, most of them for boys.

This one, published in 1905 with 240+ pages. It is not a history or work of non-fiction of Lincoln's life in Indiana, it is a story, and Stoddard is a good story teller.
This starts at the death of Nancy Lincoln, when Abraham's father, Thomas, leaves Abraham, Sarah and Dennis alone in their cabin in the woods, going to convince Sara Bush Johnson to be his new wife and mother for his children.

In between, Stoddard paints a realistic picture of life on a small farm. The hard work, Lincoln working for neighbors to help the family financially, his desire to read and learn, are all described.

The story ends with Lincoln as an older teenager carrying a traveler across the Ohio River who leaves him with these words of encouragement,
"Abe", said the former, handing him a silver dollar, "take that for yourself: I have paid Mr. Taylor. Now, I'll tell you one thing for you to remember: You are fit for something better than rowing a scow. God has put a great deal of brains into your head, You must learn to use them. It is remarkable that you have read so many books, away out here in the wilderness. Go on! Read, read, read! Make the most of your self. Be a man! This country of ours is dreadfully short of men. Good bye."
He was gone, baggage and all, and Abe stood still, looking after him.
"I didn't even get his name", he said to himself.


This is an enjoyable book to read, but it is a book written more for young people than adults.
I purchased my 100 + year old copy online from Books On The Square, in Springfield, IL - https://www.booksonthesquare.com/

Reprints are available from Amazon -
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/053079...=pd_gw_unk

The book is also available on Interenet Archive.
https://archive.org/details/boylincol00s...7/mode/2up

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07-19-2021, 10:45 AM
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(07-18-2021 03:58 PM)Gene C Wrote:  The Boy Lincoln by William Stoddard


The story ends with Lincoln as an older teenager carrying a traveler across the Ohio River who leaves him with these words of encouragement,
[i]"Abe", said the former, handing him a silver dollar, "take that for yourself: I have paid Mr. Taylor. Now, I'll tell you one thing for you to remember: You are fit for something better than rowing a scow. God has put a great deal of brains into your head, You must learn to use them. It is remarkable that you have read so many books, away out here in the wilderness. Go on! Read, read, read! Make the most of your self. Be a man! This country of ours is dreadfully short of men. Good bye."

Roger previously posted the following similar story:

In 1866 Josiah Gilbert Holland's The Life of Abraham Lincoln was published. Holland wrote:

"He (Lincoln) had learned the use of tools, and possessed considerable mechanical talent, as will appear in some other acts of his life. Of the voyage and its results we have no knowledge, but an incident occurred before starting which he related in later life to his Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, that made a very marked and pleasant impression upon his memory. As he stood at the landing, a steamer approached, coming down the river. At the same time two passengers came to the river's bank who wished to be taken out to the packet with their luggage. Looking among the boats at the landing, they singled out Abraham's, and asked him to scull them to the steamer. This he did, and after seeing them and their trunks on board, he had the pleasure of receiving upon the bottom of his boat, before he shoved off, a silver half dollar from each of his passengers. "I could scarcely believe my eyes," said Mr. Lincoln, in telling the story. "You may think it was a very little thing," continued he, "but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely believe that I, a poor boy, had earned a dollar in less than a day. The world seemed wider and fairer before me. I was a more hopeful and confident being from that time."

"So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history." -- Plutarch
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