Six Months at the White House

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Six Months at the White House  (1866) 
by Francis Bicknell Carpenter
This memoir by painter Francis Bicknell Carpenter describes various incidents that he observed during his stay at the White House, February-July 1864, as he painted First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln. Carpenter had free access to Lincoln's office and had much interaction with the President and his Cabinet; in particular this memoir focuses on Lincoln himself. Also included are anecdotes from other sources about President Lincoln. Originally published in 1866.
First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln by Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Oil on canvas, 1864. Currently hanging in the United States Capitol.

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This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.