Moreover, Lincoln possessed an uncanny understanding of his shifting moods, a profound self-awareness that enabled him to find constructive ways to alleviate sadness and stress. Indeed, when he
every stop for the chance to hear a master storyteller. Everywhere he went, he won devoted
aura of inevitability to his nomination. If Seward remained serene as the hours passed
Herndon: “All that I am or hope ever to be I get from my mother, God bless her.”