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his colleagues on the stump, where he thought he had failed to meet the expectations of his friends.
I remember a case.
He was pitted by the Whigs in 1840 to debate with Mr. Douglas, the Democratic champion.
Lincoln did not come up to the requirements of the occasion.
He was conscious of his failure, and I never saw any man so much distressed.
He begged to be permitted to try it again, and was reluctantly indulged; and in the next effort he transcended our highest expectations.
Joseph Gillespie, Ms. letter, June 5, ‘66. I never heard and never expect to hear such a triumphant vindication as he then gave of Whig measures or policy.
He never after, to my knowledge, fell below himself.
The campaign ended in his election to the Legislature.
He was again the caucus nominee of the Whigs for Speaker, receiving thirty-six votes; but his former antagonist, William L. D. Ewing, was elected by a majority of ten votes over him. The proceedings of, and laws enacted by, this Legislatu