"Behind the Scenes"
Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet are shown preparing for a production of Shakespeare's "Othello." Lincoln plays the role of Othello. He recites, "O, that the slave had forty thousand lives! I am not valiant neither:--But why should honour outlive honesty? Let it go all." Behind Lincoln two men, one with his leg over a chair, comment on Lincoln's reading. "Not quite appropriately costumed, is he?" comments the first. The second replies, "Costumed, my dear Sir? Never was such enthusiasm for art:--Blacked himself all over to play the part, Sir!" These may be Republicans Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens. Further to the right are editor and politician Horace Greeley (moving furniture), Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, soon-to-be president Andrew Johnson (on floor), Secretary of State William Seward, and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles.
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