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Historicist: “The World Will Little Note Nor Long Remember…”

William McDougall, Canadian witness to the Gettysburg Address.

This post originally appeared on January 26, 2013.

A hatless Abraham Lincoln, left of centre, on the platform at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19,1863, from the {a href="http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/gettysburgaddress/exhibitionitems/ExhibitObjects/LincolnOnPlatform.aspx"}Library of Congress{/a} (Digital ID # cwpb-07639).

A hatless Abraham Lincoln, left of centre, on the platform at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19,1863, from the Library of Congress (Digital ID # cwpb-07639).

It was only about 270 words long, but the Gettysburg Address has resounded for generations. Abraham Lincoln’s appearance on a podium in the small Pennsylvania farm town on November 19, 1863, has been reported upon, debated, studied by academics, memorized by school children, and mythologized in fiction and on film. Newspaper coverage of the day sometimes reflected a correspondent’s faithful observations, sometimes was tinted by an editor’s party affiliation. Conflicting and contradictory recollections of eyewitnesses, repeated—mistakes and all—in countless magazine articles and books, hardened into conventional wisdom. Certain persistent myths (that the president had hastily composed the speech on a scrap of paper aboard the train, for example) were long trusted as fact until debunked by another generation of scholars.

Among these layers of fact and legend is the tale of William McDougall. A Toronto lawyer, newspaperman, and politician, McDougall attended the Gettysburg Address by special invitation of President Lincoln. Like so many other versions of that day, McDougall’s account, recounted to and recorded by his descendants, contains a mix of both confirmed fact and unsubstantiated anecdote.

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Bald Eagles Leave Trumpland for Toronto

The birds have reportedly returned to Toronto's west end.

Toronto Urban Forestry is reporting that bald eagles are back in Toronto—they’ve reportedly been spotted in the west end. While the City said this appearance comes after a 50-year absence, there were also reported sightings of a couple bald eagles in High Park in 2014. It’s too early to know if there are more birds this time around, or if they’re here to stay.

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How to Break Out of Drinkless January With Affordable Wine

Alternatively, some wine to distract you from inauguration day.

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The film industry refers to January as a dump month and it would seem that the same is true for the LCBO. The new releases are less exciting, and people are still recovering from their December spending.

But if you know where to look there are still some great wines available.

Before we get into your best bets, there’s a bit of a disclaimer. Wine made in Ontario generally costs more than many other wine regions. Wines from South America and parts of Europe can come in close to or under $10 and offer great value for money. It’s tough to get a good bottle of wine from Ontario around the $10 price point. When you’re looking at a bottle of wine between $10 and $20, the quality of wine (generally) goes up exponentially. Wine from Ontario really hits its stride around the $15 price point. This is all for a very simple reason: it costs more to make wine in Canada.

Here are some bottles to get you through until February, and trust me, these are much better than drinking wine out of a box.

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