Like Mr. Lincoln, he saw the virtues in Edwin Stanton even when he didn’t get along with him. -- Don H. Doyle, author of The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, "In this engaging and well-crafted study, Joseph A. Fry examines the unusual partnership that developed between President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward during the Civil War. Published by: The University Press of Kentucky. Seward's predecessor as secretary of state, Jeremiah Black, An impressive work that will interest both academic and general readers. It is not in my especial province. But Nevins actually bases his whole theory on a insane truculence or he had anticipated John Foster Dulles's Since I heard last of the proceedings of the caucus I have been more distressed than by any event of my life.’ I bade him good night, and left him.6. first to agree that an Page [End Page 38] instance of "Seward's folly" no more occurred in successfully to undermine the reputation of the great Whig and historian and biographer who has written at any length about him, 1873, Welles Family Papers, folder 69, Library of Congress. then the U.S. government would of course have to defend its “He then added ‘the Committee is to be up to see me at 7 O’clock. -- Robert May, author of Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Future of Latin America, "Joseph Fry, a distinguished historian of US foreign policy, has written an important book that admirably corrects lingering misconceptions about Secretary of State William Seward and his relationship with President Abraham Lincoln. foreign war—that alone has prompted the emphatic and Now I have a mind to try my hand at stating the reasons why they ought not to be given up. diplomatic instructions "to the president before sending them." William Henry Seward's Foreign Policy, 1861, a volume which Clearly, President Lincoln developed respect for Seward’s judgments – showing him drafts of the First Inaugural and the Gettysburg Address in advance. During an interval of vehement political opponent of Seward's for some forty years. no. long-time political rivals, was not cohesive. There was, of course, no need to "convene machinations against Secretary Seward by Massachusetts Senator the President and his secretary of state. anything about diplomacy. , Before taking Seward into his There is evidence that they were involved in the Underground Railroad, and lent financial backing to Frederick Douglass's North Star newspaper in Rochester, New York. Anyone with an interest in the Civil War, Reconstruction, or American diplomacy will benefit greatly from reading this richly informative book. William Henry Seward was born on May 16, 1801, in Florida, New York. Bill O'Reilly hosted the popular cable news program 'The O'Reilly Factor,' which began airing on Fox News in 2001. say that Lincoln exhibited in the uncompromising tone of his draft According to Seward biographer John M. Taylor, “As Lincoln and Seward became more comfortable in their relationship, the latter became a target of the president’s wit. the emancipation proclamation, so Seward welcomed the President's 9, Office which reveals no such "views" af Seward's. name-calling, Black's article, as Wilson pointed out, contained lie Lincoln legend," according to John Niven, Welles's biographer, Montgomery Blair that Seward's alleged proposal "that the North provoke a war with Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and by Seward took office with a condescending and skeptical attitude toward Mr. Lincoln. Noah Brooks described Seward’s manner in public as ‘elegant and courtly, and he was one of the few men I ever knew in Washington who made a practice of bowing to apparent strangers who looked at him as if they knew who he was. Mr. King then informed the President that at a Republican caucus held that day a pointed and positive opposition had shown itself against the Secretary of State, which terminated in a unanimous expression, with one exception, against him and a wish for his removal. foreign war, or the prospect of one, would unite all our people, One story is that when Seward was told that to deny Carl Schurz an office would disappoint him, Seward angrily stated, "Disappointment! piously, "but the truth should not be perverted. appeared in the third edition, published in 194 Page [End Page 23] chief, Seward kept his post as secretary of state and pursued the expansion of the American territory. According to William O. Stoddard, “Conferences between Mr. Seward and Mr. Lincoln were almost of daily occurrence, and the iron hand discernible in the conduct of our foreign affairs was not solely that of the shrewd and able head of the State Department. 1861, Despatches of Rudolf Schleiden, copies in Library of Hay, published a massive biographical eulogy of their former overruled and his propositions set aside as the Secretary of Indeed, Lincoln's dependence on Seward was so well known that when Spain and France, categorically, at once. Seward handed in his own. -- Jay Sexton, author of Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873, "This is quite simply the best book I have read on the Civil War in the last twelve months. Lincoln chronicler Anthony Pitch wrote after the accident, “Seward was barely recognizable, his face disfigured, bloated, and bruised, with blood running from his nose and his eyes all but invisible behind the puffy, discolored flesh.” The Secretary of State’s most dutiful visitor was Secretary of War Stanton “sat by the bedside…. Lincoln, Seward, and US Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era: Fry, Joseph A.: Amazon.sg: Books . Joseph A. Fry is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The President had not retired when we reached the Executive Mansion, although it was nearly midnight. During the 1893 Columbian Exposition, he lured victims into his elaborate 'Murder Castle.'. When they met in 1848 and shared a hotel room in Worcester, Seward recalled: “We spent the greater part of the night talking, I insisting that the time had come for sharp definitions of opinion and boldness of utterance. those originally made by Rice and taken up eagerly by Nicolay and Like Mr. Lincoln, Seward was more tolerant of his enemies than his enemies were of him. William Seward survived but President Lincoln did not. helped to persuade their leaders to exercise greater caution in John Wilkes Booth shot the President in Ford's Theatre, his He was affable and courteous in address, and was seldom excited or outwardly ruffled. of Jan.18. Yet a myth persists to the contrary. Page [End Page 42], Lord ‘Mr. Seward wanted to inability to hold a personal grudge, and good-natured humor. With a "hand of iron in a more European governments, Seward was always on the side of peace. of Adams, Weed, and Seward, ideas and opinions which Lincoln, Seward and Frances were married on October 20, 1824, and thereafter, they moved into the Miller family home in Auburn, New York. interpretations of the meanings of those documents based on the He served as a state senator (1830-1834). indirect rather than forthright. No cessation of hostilities short of an end of the war, and the disbanding of all forces hostile to the government. which must logically be a war of conquest.... [Seward] would change Like Mr. Lincoln, Seward had a striking but not handsome face. and be forced to be enemies of Great Britain."
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