>> the educated classes would be so verbose
Even something as recent as Atlas Shrugged from half a century ago. In the audiobook version read by Scott Brick,
John Galt’s speech lasts about 2 and a half hours.
I did see the film and enjoyed it; I can imagine maybe some profanity may have occurred when not in mixed company. Lincoln
was telling a story about a portrait of George Washington in a toilet in Britain: “there’s nothing that makes an
Englishman s-— faster that seeing him”. He is among
men in a telegraph room, I believe (or a “situation room”?)
Interesting story though one review wondered if it should have been called “Passage of the 13th Amendment”. The assassination isn’t covered other than Tad Lincoln getting the news while at a children’s performance but for those
curious about it there’s Killing Lincoln, a book by Bill
O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
What Lincoln may not have known is that George Washington was a hero to many Englishmen as well as Americans. The Whigs were cheering on the revolutionaries and their de-facto leader during the time, Charles Fox (who later became Foreign Secratary) actually dressed up in Blue in House of Commons to express his sympathies (he hated the Tories and George III with a passion).
If Lincoln did make this joke, it makes you wonder why he didn’t tolerate army officers swearing (assuming there were no women/children present). Maybe he thought that discussing war strategies was too solemn an occasion for swearing to be appropriate...