Quotation by Herman Melville

Old Abe is much better looking than I expected & younger looking. He shook hands like a good fellow—working hard at it like a man sawing wood at so much per cord.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. letter, Mar. 24 and 25, 1861, to his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).

Written shortly after attending a White House levee.
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