By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in different installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim bills of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas--among others--in the determined weeks prior to the beginning of the Civil warfare. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or be certain its authenticity. In A Secession obstacle Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the exciting tale in the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally actual. in line with Crofts, the Diary used to be now not a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately earlier than it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, long island journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), effectively perpetrated probably the most tough feats of old license--he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, in spite of the fact that, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture besides formerly hid details that was once corroborated purely after its booklet. The Diary bristles with distinct info concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural deal with. Crofts's cautious research, followed through the whole textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new standpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas heading off the abyss of struggle. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession predicament Enigma provides a compelling solution to a permanent secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the historic lexicon.
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26 A Secession Crisis Enigma Hurlbert’s enormous printed output facilitates comparisons. The Diary abounds with striking parallels to his distinctive writing style. ”15 His editorials written for the New York Times in 1859 repeatedly anticipate the vocabulary of the Diary. As will be more fully explained in chapter 4, he considered John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry the work of a lone fanatic—“a wilder and more hopeless project” could not have been imagined. 16 As Hurlbert’s career unfolded, he continued to write in ways that exhibit stylistic overlap with the Diary.
Jockers, Daniela M. Witten, and Craig S. Criddle, “Reassessing Authorship of the ‘Book of Mormon’ Using Delta and Nearest Shrunken Centroid Classification,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 23 (2008): 465–91. Stylometry applies multivariate statistical analyses to discern patterns of word usage—in particular, the fifty or one hundred most frequently employed words in substantial pas- 28 A Secession Crisis Enigma Repeated assessment of differing segments of the Diary by Holmes and his assistants provide no evidence that it is a composite.
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A Secession Crisis Enigma: William Henry Hurlbert and by Daniel W. Crofts