Lehrman: The danger of underestimating Lincoln

February 11, 2015 – Stamford Advocate

Abraham Lincoln “saw through other men who thought all the while they were instructing or enlightening him, with a sort of dry, amused patience,” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, the novelist who wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” “He allowed the most tedious talker to (belabor) to him, the most
shallow and inflated to advise him, reserving only to himself the right to a quiet chuckle far down in the depths of his private consciousness.”

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