The Life of John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts, 1861–1865. By Henry Greenleaf Pearson. (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company. 1904. Two volumes, pp. xv, 324; iii, 358.)

1904 American Historical Review  
Lin coIn. The" Little Giant" seems to have had the same charm for the young German that won so many young American followers to his cause. Villard's first meeting with Douglass was in Washington when, as the enthusiastic twenty-one-year-old Teutonic promoter of freedom for Kansas, he actually applied to Douglas for aid in getting a fund from the government for the purchase of land on which to locate settlers from the free states. Whether the reporter does full justice to the peremptoriness with
more » ... peremptoriness with which his proposition was rejected may be doubted. Later, Mr. Villard represented the Staats-Zeitung at four of the meetings in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. He records that" the unprejudiced mind felt at once" that Lincoln's arguments were" in consonance with the true spirit of American institutions". Villard's qualifications at that time for judging" American institutions" are set in a clear light by reference to his proposition to Douglas only two years before. In addition to his experiences with Lincoln and Douglas in his earlier years, Mr. Villard records a particularly interesting visit to Bismarck after the latter's retirement from power. This meeting with the great nineteenth-century history. maker of Europe is no less vividly described than the earlier meetings with the great men of America, and the chapters dealing with Lincoln, Douglas, and Bismarck give to the Memoirs, without the aid of the other matter, an important place among historical material. WILLIAM A. DUNNING. The Life 0/ John A. Andrew, Governor 0/ ivlassachusctts, I86I-I865·
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