Education through Reading
English Grammar in Familiar Lectures.
N. & G. Guilford, 1828
Rare Book & Special
Gift of Jane Hamand, 1932 (107.8)
Although Abraham Lincoln considered his formal education to be "defective," during
his twenties he compensated by devoting intense effort to self-education
through reading. While serving as New Salem postmaster and a member
of the Illinois state assembly, Lincoln studied the law and taught
himself surveying. After mastering Kirkham's Grammar,
he gave this copy to his beloved Ann Rutledge (1813-1835), inscribing
it: "Ann M. Rutledge is now learning grammer [sic]."