hip, after some practice, became so regular in form that it excited the admiration of other and younger boys.
One of the latter Joseph C. Richardson, said that Abe Lincoln was the best penman in the neighborhood.
At Richardson's request he made some copies for practice.
During my visit to Indiana I met Richardson, who showed these two lines, which Abe had prepared for him:
Good boys who to their books apply will all be great men by and by. To comprehend Mr. Lincoln fully we must know in substance not only the facts of his origin, but also the manner of his development.
It will always be a matter of wonder to the American people, I have no doubt — as it has been to methat from such restricted and unpromising opportunities in early life, Mr. Lincoln grew into the great man he was. The foundation for his education was laid in Indiana and in the little town of New Salem in Illinois, and in both places he gave evidence of a nature and characteristics that distinguished him from ev