Ward Hill Lamon in published a biography of Lincoln based on research by William Herndon , Lincoln's law partner.
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Lamon's book first made widely known many of the early accounts of Lincoln's life, such as those regarding Ann Rutledge , whom Lamon related Lincoln had loved and whose death devastated him. Without access to his papers, these early biographers focused on these episodes told of the young Lincoln, that fascinated the public.
The Lincoln family believed some of these distorted or untrue, and in any event disrespectful. By , Hay was "convinced that we ought to be at work on our 'Lincoln. Hay and Nicolay enjoyed exclusive access to Lincoln's papers, which were not opened to other researchers until They gathered documents written by others, as well as many of the Civil War books already being published.
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They at rare times relied on memory, such as Nicolay's recollection of the moment at the Republican convention when Lincoln was nominated, but for much of the rest relied on research. Hay began his part of the writing in ;  the work was interrupted by illnesses of Hay, Nicolay, or family members,  or by Hay's writing of The Bread-Winners.
By , Hay had completed the chapters on Lincoln's early life, and they were submitted to Robert Lincoln,  Robert retained the right of approval of the text, and required a number of changes, for example, he felt the depiction of Lincoln's father Thomas showed him as too shiftless. Sale of the serialization rights to The Century magazine, edited by Hay's friend Richard Watson Gilder , helped give Hay and Nicolay the impetus to bring what had become a massive project to a whole.
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Gilder, for his part, tried to keep the perspective from becoming too partisan in favor of the North, as The Century was a national magazine with a diverse readership. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible.
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