[Ads-l] Request details of citation in Boston Daily Journal in 1865

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Aug 14 11:35:41 UTC 2017

This quote sounds like Lincoln, as far as I know. I wonder who E.K. was and why, if he interviewed Lincoln in July 1864, he or she waited until April 1865 to write about it. Some later reprintings of the quote call E. K. a correspondent or, without evidence, a "newspaperman." But a reporter would likely have already reported an interview, and might have used his full name. Though there are so many biographies of Lincoln, a quick search suggests that none have identified E. K., which may be possible. (I did not find the original newspaper online.) From Massachusetts? A politician? A minister? Visitor to the White House?...

Stephen Goranson


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Back in July, I received a request from a Wall Street Journal writer
via twitter to explore a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln. The
quotation is popular, e.g., CNN tweeted it on July 4, and the
statement is engraved on the wall at the Newseum. Yet, the quotation
is slightly inaccurate.

[Begin excerpt]
Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe.
[End excerpt]

Barry Popik found a key citation dated April 29, 1865. I pushed the
date back to April 21, 1865. Both of these citations pointed to an
origin in the Boston Journal.

Historian Yoni Appelbaum then located the earliest citation in Boston
Daily Journal on April 17, 1865, and he tweeted an image.


Yoni Appelbaum on Twitter<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__twitter.com_YAppelbaum_status_882564306239451137&d=DwIBaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=uUVa-8oDL2EzfbuMuowoUadHHcJ7pjul6iFkS5Pd--8&m=A-9jPdp0K2iQNBw0Y0H9EhKSnPAeezJ9YGpD66JDLxg&s=ca__bTK08DJs9TSB0hEX2fq9yNIbots648R2qUAu7vM&e=>
“@QuoteResearch @terryteachout @bdomenech Oh, that’s very well done. The original ran in the Boston Daily Journal, April 17, signed “E.K."”

[Begin excerpt]
"I have faith in the people. They will not consent to disunion. The
danger is, that they are misled. Let them know the truth and the
country is safe."
[End except]

What database contains the page images for in the Boston Daily Journal
citation? Alternatively, if someone could send me a PDF or jpg of the
page containing the quotation I would be most grateful. Thanks.


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