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After Lincoln won the 1860 Republican nomination, he retained young John Hay as one of his two personal secretaries, a relationship that continued in the White House during the Lincoln presidency. Hay and John Nicolay were Lincoln's almost constant companions and soon became his closest confidants as the president came to love them as sons. Although they worked long hours, young Hay also found time to serve as an anonymous correspondent on national politics for newspapers in New York, Washington, St. Louis, and Lincoln's Springfield. Not surprisingly, Hay's opinions on Civil War politics and the conduct of the war closely resembled those of Lincoln, although the luxury of anonymity and impetuosity of youth led him to express those views much more candidly. Thus Hay's journalistic writings from 1860 into 1864 are an invaluable archive for students of Lincoln and the Civil War. Judiciously edited by the prolific Burlingame (Connecticut College), the volume is rendered even more valuable by copious explanatory notes. All levels. R. A. Fischer emeritus, University of Minnesota--Duluth
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