Lincoln Stories Tersely Told
by J. E.
Pub. in 1898
A Sample Of Lincoln's Statesmanship.
President Lincoln, the man who said and did so many kindly things, taught Seward how to write state papers. He was not only master of the situation in his country, but when England and France were about combining to recognize the Confederacy he so won the admiration of Lord Lyon, the British ambassador at Washington, that that official informed Lord Russell that he was in error when he sent instructions to prepare the government for the recognition of the South by England, and Lord Lyon afterwards resigned his office in consequence of the opposition to Lincoln. At that time there was a Russian fleet in New York harbor under sealed instructions, to be opened when France and England made their move, and the instructions were afterward found to be a command to the admiral to report to his excellency, President Lincoln.