A Letter from a Legend 传奇总统的亲笔信
By Charles Scanlon, BBC Journalist, Americas
Abraham Lincoln was facing the biggest crisis in American history. The Southern states had seceded from the Union and civil war was imminent.
But shortly after his inauguration in 1861 he still found time to write to a distressed eight year-old boy. George Patton had met the newly-nominated candidate the year before with his journalist father but he faced howls of disbelief when he told his classmates.
A teacher wrote to the White House and back came the terse four-line reply confirming the meeting.
Abraham Lincoln set the ideal for the presidency that all his successors have aspired to. The brief letter feeds the legend of the man and the austere gentility for which he was renowned.