The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:|
unquestioningly obeyed, but entered into the presidential
campaign immediately afterward, working heartily and effectively
for his reelection. As for Secretary Chase, the President was so
little disturbed by his attitude that, on the death of Roger B.
Taney, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, he
made him his successor, giving him the highest judicial office in
the land, and paying him the added compliment of writing out his
nomination with his own hand.
The keynote of the President's young life had been persevering
industry. That of his mature years was self-control and generous
forgiveness. And surely his remark on the night of his second