[PW] Request details of citation in Boston Daily Journal in 1865

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 18:59:48 PST 2018

Back in August 2017 I requested aid to access a Boston newspaper
citation in 1865 and received some helpful responses. Ultimately, I
made a research request to the staff of the Boston Public Library and
they performed admirably. Here is a link to Quote Investigator article
and a lengthy acknowledgment

Let Them Know the Truth, and the Country Is Safe

[Begin acknowledgment]
Great thanks to Terry Teachout of “The Wall Street Journal” whose
inquiry led QI to formulate this question and perform this

Special thanks to the research staff at the Boston Public Library
(BPL) who sent to QI scans for the "Boston Morning Journal" citation
dated April 17, 1865. When QI first contacted BPL he had a citation
containing an acknowledgement using the ambiguous designation "Boston
Journal", and BPL determined that the correct newspaper was the
"Boston Morning Journal".

Additional thanks to twitter discussants Yoni Appelbaum, Ben Domenech,
and Seth Gitell. After QI tweeted an image of a newspaper clipping
from April 21, 1865, Appelbaum tweeted an image of a crucial newspaper
clipping from April 17, 1865. Appelbaum also identified the
interesting James E. Murdoch citation.

Further thanks for the efforts of mailing list participants Stephen
Goranson, Jonathan Lighter, George Thompson, and Dennis Lien.

Great thanks to Barry Popik for his pioneering research. Popik's
article included an important citation dated April 29, 1865 that
presented the earliest phrasing of the quotation.
[End acknowledgment]


On Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 10:26 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Back in July, I received a request from a Wall Street Journal writer
> via twitter to explore a quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln. The
> quotation is popular, e.g., CNN tweeted it on July 4, and the
> statement is engraved on the wall at the Newseum. Yet, the quotation
> is slightly inaccurate.
> [Begin excerpt]
> Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe.
> [End excerpt]
> Researcher Barry Popik found a key citation dated April 29, 1865. I
> pushed the date back to April 21, 1865. Both of these citations
> pointed to an origin in the Boston Journal. Historian Yoni Appelbaum
> then located the earliest citation in Boston Daily Journal on April
> 17, 1865, and he tweeted an image.
> https://twitter.com/YAppelbaum/status/882564306239451137
> [Begin excerpt]
> "I have faith in the people. They will not consent to disunion. The
> danger is, that they are misled. Let them know the truth and the
> country is safe."
> [End except]
> What database contains the page images for the Boston Daily Journal
> citation? Alternatively, if someone could send me a PDF or jpeg of the
> page containing the quotation I would be most grateful. Thanks.
> Garson

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