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W. M. THAYER,
27, PATERNOSTER ROW.
THE author of this volume wrote the first Life of
1 Abraham Lincoln—THE PIONEER BOY, AND HOW HE BECAME PRESIDENT—which, after a very large sale, passed out of print in consequence of the destruction of the plates by fire. A Campaign Life of only thirty-two pages, relating chiefly to his public career, was issued at the West, after his nomination for the Presidency in 1860; but “The Pioneer Boy” was the first complete biography of the man. Dr. Holland said of it, several years later, in his Life of Lincoln : “A singularly faithful statement of the early experience of Abraham Lincoln.” The materials for the Campaign Life spoken of were furnished by Mr. Lincoln, and he very kindly directed that pamphlet, with a quantity of unused matter, to be passed into our hands, together with the names and addresses of several of his early associates reared with him in the wilderness, and of intimate friends in later life, from whom the most valuable information, never before given to the public, was received. From these sources of knowledge “The Pioneer Boy" was prepared. :
In the preparation of this new, larger, and more elaborate Life of Lincoln, we have had, in addition to the above sources of information, others of even greater value, at least so far as his character and public services relate.
Subsequent to the issue of the former volume, the author, having in view the preparation of a more thorough biography at a future day, gathered much valuable information from public men, who were on the most intimate terms with President Lincoln at Washington, as Sumner, Wilson, Buckingham, and Ames, who are dead, and others who are still living. Also, periodical literature has furnished many facts and anecdotes from time to time, which have been carefully laid aside. Last, though by no means least, access to the numerous lives of Lincoln published since his death -Dr. Holland's, Lamon's, Barrett's, Leland's, Forney's, and Raymond's—has been especially serviceable in the preparation of this volume. That very interesting work of Carpenter-Six MONTHS IN THE WHITE HOUSEhas furnished a fund of incident, illustrative of Mr. Lincoln's character and ability,
From these ample sources of material, the author has endeavoured to make a biography for popular reading such as the times demand. The very large sale of his recent life of President Garfield—“From Log-Cabin to the White House "—created an active demand for “The Pioneer Boy," which fact seemed to mark the present time as appropriate for the issue of this new life of the martyr President.
The perusal of this work will satisfy the reader that the author's claim, in the Preface to the “ Log-Cabin," that Garfield and Lincoln were remarkably alike in the circumstances of birth, early struggles, and later ex'perience, was fully justified. The fact is without a parallel in the history of public men-such marvellous coincidences from their birth in log-cabins to their