Maybe I’m wasting my time . . .
“No biography of Bingham has ever been written and perhaps none ever will be. It is too late now. He has been in his grave for many years. Those . . . who knew him intimately and watched his public career and were received into his confidence are all gone. His family are scattered and his books and papers. All authentic records too are gone, save of some of his speeches in Congress, and a few others . . . So there is little encouragement for anyone to attempt a life. Besides those who would purchase such a book are gone too. There could be now little inducement for the preparation of such a ‘life.’”
Walter Gaston Shotwell, Driftwood: Being Papers on Old-Time American Towns and Some Old People, 1927