Lincoln scholars are forever indebted to Browning for the diary he kept from 1850 until the time of his death in 1881. The diary provided significant insights into Lincoln's thoughts, moods, and concerns during some of his most challenging moments. Lincoln trusted Browning so thoroughly that he revealed his innermost thoughts to his friend. Browning's diary is published as two volumes within the Illinois Historical Collections series.
Browning was Lincoln's close presidential ally. During the months before his inauguration, Lincoln shared with few others details of the policies he would follow as President. Yet he asked Browning to critique his First Inaugural Address. Valuing Browning's advice, Lincoln wanted the Quincy lawyer to accompany him to Washington, but Browning consented to go only as far as Indianapolis. When Browning was appointed in 1861 to the U.S. Senate seat of the deceased Stephen A. Douglas, he became the President's eyes and ears in the Senate. In this role, he performed helpful service to Lincoln in the Potentially destructive Cabinet crisis of 1862. Browning was a frequent visitor to the White House and Lincoln and he openly deliberated many weighty issues. Browning was one of only a few men with whom Lincoln discussed the Emancipation Proclamation before it was announced.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:37pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 636418 N 4421552|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93310000, -91.40343333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.986', W 91° 24.206'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 59.16" N, 91° 24' 12.36" W|
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