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d believed he would write a lecture on Man and His Progress.
Afterwards I re a~d in a paper that he had come to either Bloomington or Clinton to lecture and no one turned out. The paper added, That doesn't look much like his being President.
I once joked him about it;, e s? id good-naturedly Don't; that plagues me.
--Henry a. Whitney letter, Aug. 27, 1867. The effort met with the disapproval of his friends, and he himself was filled with disgust.
If his address in 1852, over the death of Clay, proved that he was no eulogist, then this last effort demonstrated that he was no lecturer.
Invitations to deliver the lecture — prompted no doubt by the advertisement given him in the contest with Douglas — came in very freely; but beyond the three attempts named, he declined them all. Press of business in the courts afforded him a convenient excuse, and he retired from the field.
Springfield, March 28, 1859. W. M. Morris, Esq.,
Dear Sir:--Your kind note inviting me to deliver a l