New York: American Steam Printing House, 1869. [First Edition]. Hardcover. 8vo., pp. 45, green cloth with title and design in gilt, spine blank, illustrated with five cartoons. -- Light rubbing to head and heel of spine and corners, otherwise a mostly clean, tight copy. Signed by the author on the first free endpaper with an inscription to Henry Ward Beecher with complements of the author; "Henry Ward Beecher was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial. His rhetorical focus on Christ's love has influenced mainstream Christianity to this day".-wikipedia. --. Very good condition. Item #10547
"Stoddard knew Lincoln, worked hard for his election, and received a government appointment He first served as a clerk in the Interior Department. On July 15, 1861, he was appointed "Secretary to the President to sign land patents." After a brief period of service in the Army, Stoddard became Assistant Private Secretary to Lincoln and one of three people doing all the White House clerical work during the early Lincoln administration. Preparation of a digest of newspaper articles was one of his original responsibilities; it was stopped because, according to Stoddard, "Mr. Lincoln never found time to spend an hour upon laborious condensations." It is believed that Stoddard personally made the first copy of the draft Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862".-wikipedia.