Henry Villard was a young foreigner, a correspondent on the New York Herald, who was assigned to Springfield, to cover Lincoln in the period between his nomination and his inauguration. This, then, is primary source material, consisting of letters, telegrams, news stories, revealing Lincoln preparing himself for the presidency, overru by the curious and the office seekers. Sceptical at first, and representing a paper bitterly opposed to Lincoln, Villard was quickly convinced of Lincoln's worth, and his paper printed what he wrote. Connecting links, in the form of editorial notes, make this read as a consecutive record of those days, up to the arrival of the presidential party in New York, an route to Washington. Brief glimpses of Mrs. Lincoln show her in characteristic form. Very human picture of Lincoln, the man. An addition to Lincolnia.