"Now he belongs to the ages/angels" (Stanton on Lincoln, in The New Yorker)

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Did anyone see this? What do our quotations masters say? Why weren't they interviewed for this New Yorker story?

May 25, 2007

Ages Or Angels?

I've been working too hard to post as much as usual lately, but one of my favorite bloggers did a post on Abraham Lincoln earlier today that I thought was worth passing on. Here it is:

Adam Gopnik has a really interesting essay in this week's New Yorker on Abraham Lincoln (which is, shockingly, available on-line). He begins with the question of whether Edwin Stanton said, at Lincoln's deathbed, "Now he belongs to the ages"--the version Gopnik remembered--or "Now he belongs to the angels"--the version he came across in James Swanson's recent book about the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth. He went on to read a bunch of other stuff on Lincoln and reports on what he finds. 
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Monday, February 08, 1909 Washington, District Of Columbia 

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