From the Register-Mail:
Michael Burlingame says President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s famous â€œLetter to Mrs. Bixbyâ€ may not have been written by Lincoln after all. The Lincoln scholar spoke Thursday at Knox College about his most recent publication, a two-volume biography, â€œAbraham Lincoln: A Life.â€ The book was the 2010 winner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Prize.
In his talk titled â€œWhat New Can Be Said About Abraham Lincoln?â€ Burlingame focused on the difficulties in finding information on Lincoln that has not already been uncovered and published.
â€œItâ€™s easy to find letters that Lincoln wrote or received,â€ said Burlingame. â€œWhatâ€™s really valuable and hard to find are letters about him. You have to do a lot of sifting through gravel, but if youâ€™re willing to do that, you find a lot of information.â€