Review: LINCOLN’S SWORD by Douglas L. Wilson

The Poet Laureate in The White House

by Michiko Kakutani for NY Times Books (Dec. 19, 2006)

“In a eulogy of his idol Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln noted that Clay’s eloquence “did not consist, as many fine specimens of eloquence” do, of an “elegant arrangement of words and sentences; but rather of that deeply earnest and impassioned tone, and manner, which can proceed only from great sincerity and a thorough conviction, in the speaker of the justice and importance of his cause.” This, he concluded, is what enabled Clay truly to touch “the chords of human sympathy.” ”

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