By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American evaluation in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim bills of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas -- between others -- within the determined weeks previous to the beginning of the Civil warfare. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were in a position to pinpoint its writer or verify its authenticity. In A Secession main issue Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the fascinating tale at the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally real. in response to Crofts, the Diary was once no longer a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately sooner than it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, long island journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827--1895), effectively perpetrated the most tough feats of historic license -- he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, despite the fact that, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture in addition to formerly hid info that was once corroborated basically after its booklet. The Diary bristles with distinctive information concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural tackle.
Crofts's cautious research, observed through the whole textual content of the Diary in an appendix, deals a daring new standpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas fending off the abyss of warfare. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession predicament Enigma provides a compelling solution to an everlasting secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the old lexicon.
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Whatever the reason, Douglas once again turned to Sanders in 1859. Robert W. Johannsen, Stephen A. Douglas (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), 346–47, 360–63, 732, 761, 853–54; George Fort Milton, The Eve of Conflict: Stephen A. Douglas and the Needless War (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1934), 86–92, 374, 379–85. 29. Milton, The Eve of Conflict, 500. 30 That said, however, Hurlbert plainly had stronger ties to Douglas and to people around Douglas than did Ward. Hurlbert had been a key Douglas supporter in the most important city in the country, and—as we shall see—Hurlbert had tried valiantly, albeit unsuccessfully, to pull one of the top New York newspapers into the Douglas camp.
If the young men of the North shall be inspired with the wisdom, and her old men animated with the fire which distinguishes this address of Mr. Quincy, there need be little fear for the results of the collision which he so plainly anticipates between national principles and sectional passions in the Republic. 27 The Public Man referred to others who would have been more familiar to Hurlbert than to Ward. During 1859 and 1860, Stephen A. Douglas enlisted sev27. Hurlbert, “Political Crisis,” 561, 568–69, 574–76; Robert A.
26. Thomas Wentworth Higginson to William Henry Hurlbut, Oct. 31, 1852, Higginson Papers. 27. Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, 107–11. 44 A Secession Crisis Enigma An Oldport Romance was written and published in 1869 but set a decade earlier in the late 1850s. It cannot be judged a great work of literature. It contains, however, a chief character whom readers of this narrative will recognize immediately. ” Malbone was “a jewel of a listener” whose “sunny temperament” attracted young and old alike.