A mother came to President Lincoln seeking the pardon of her son, under sentence of death. The result of her pleading was that Lincoln issued a pardon. After leaving him, as she passed through a corridor, she exclaimed to Thaddeus Steven, who accompanied her, “I knew it was a lie!” Stevens asked: “What do you refer to?” She replied with vehemence, “Why, they told me he was an ugly-looking man, but he is the handsomest man I ever saw in my life.” From Little, Historical Lights.
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