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practicing law in Louisville. Lincoln came into his office daily. He read my books, related Mr. Speed in after years; talked with me about his life, his reading, his studies, his aspirations. Mr.Mr. Speed discredits the thought that Lincoln was insane at the time, although he understood he was saddened and melancholy over an unfortunate love affair. the freedom from unpleasant reminders, the company of his staunch friend, and above all the motherly care and delicate attention of Mrs. Speed exerted a marked influence over Lincoln. He improved gradually, day by day gaining strength and confiMr. Lincoln's condition and views, it is proper to insert a portion of his correspondence with Mr. Speed. For sometime Mr. Speed was reluctant to give these letters to the world. After some argumeMr. Speed was reluctant to give these letters to the world. After some argument, however, he at least shared my view that they were properly a matter of history, and sent them to me, accompanied by a letter, in which he says: I enclose you copies of all the letters of a