Sorry for the language.
My nine-year-old’s been studying Lincoln at school, and announced this morning that the Gettysburg Address had been written on the back of an envelope. I smiled and said that that was an old wives’ tale, and that I was sorry to debunk such a fine old piece of U.S. folklore, but that the envelope story had no more validity than Parson Weems’ Washington/Cherry Tree story. (I then told her that there was no Santa Claus.)
She stuck to her guns, said it had TOO been written on an envelope, her teacher had said so (I tried to buttonhole him about it this morning when I dropped her off at school, but he was busy beating a young miscreant with a hickory-stick), and then my wife walked in and said that SHE had always thought it had been written on an envelope, too.
So I’m surrounded by cretins and suckers and credulous nincompoops, and I need backup. Cecil DID address this pre-urban legend somewhere in the Canon, did he not? I tried a search, came up blank.