From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
Pre-Civil War jitters on steroicds!
On the way to his inauguration from his home in Springfield in 1861 he said in Columbus, Ohio, 'There is nothing going wrong. We entertain different views upon political questions but nobody is suffering anything.' And at Cleveland, 'Have they not all their rights now as they ever had? Do they not have their fugitive slaves returned now as ever? Have they not the same Constitution that they have lived under for seventy odd years? What then is the matter with them? Why all this excitement? Why all these complaints?'
'The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing… maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to divulge.'
- F. Scott Fitzgerald