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William H. Herndon, Jesse William Weik, Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, Etiam in minimis major, The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln by William H. Herndon, for twenty years his friend and Jesse William Weik 48 0 Browse Search
John G. Nicolay, A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln, condensed from Nicolay and Hayes' Abraham Lincoln: A History 6 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
Col. J. Stoddard Johnston, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 9.1, Kentucky (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 0 Browse Search
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on his heart. There is no question that from this time forward Mr. Lincoln's spells of melancholy became more intense than ever. In fact a tinge of this desperate feeling of sadness followed him to Springfield. He himself was somewhat superstitious about it, and in 1840-41 wrote to Dr. Drake, a celebrated physician in Cincinnati, describing his mental condition in a long letter. Dr. Drake responded, saying substantially, I cannot prescribe in your case without a personal interview. Joshua F. Speed, to whom Lincoln showed the letter addressed to Dr. Drake, writing to me from Louisville, November 30, 1866, says: I think he (Lincoln) must have informed Dr. Drake of his early love for Miss Rutledge, as there was a part of the letter which he would not read. It is shown by the declaration of Mr. Lincoln himself made to a fellow member Robert L. Wilson, Ms., letter, Feb. 10, 1866. of the Legislature within two years after Anne Rutledge's death that although he seemed to others to e
rtnership with John T. Stuart. early practice. generosity of Joshua F. Speed. the bar of Springfield. Speed's store. political discussiod and the difficulty was easily overcome. Lincoln's friend Joshua F. Speed relates that during this campaign he made a speech in Springfihip with Stuart, had been graphically described by his friend, Joshua F. Speed, who generously offered to share his quarters with the young lfluence of their personal bearing before the jury. Lincoln made Speed's store headquarters. There politics, religion, and all other subjmple. On my return to Springfield from college, I hired to Joshua F. Speed as clerk in his store. My salary, seven hundred dollars per aefforts. Sometimes we would meet in a lawyer's office and often in Speed's room. Besides the debates, poems and other original productions e the usual throng of loungers surrounded the inviting fireplace in Speed's store, the conversation turned on political matters. The disput
ally to a newcomer. Through the influence of Joshua F. Speed, who was a warm friend of the Edwardses, Lincol did you do as I told you and as you promised? were Speed's first words. Yes, I did, responded Lincoln, th's done, and I shall abide by it. Statement, Joshua F. Speed, Sep. 17, 1866, Ms. Convinced now that Miss self-destruction were removed from his reach. J. F. Speed, Ms. letter, January 6, 1866. Mrs. Edwards did no-men, was what he desired to live for. Letter, J. F. Speed, February 9, 1866, Ms. The congenial associationsprescribe for him without a personal interview.-Joshua F. Speed, Ms letter, November 30, 1866. In the sumreceipt of a letter dated January 25. The object of Speed's affection had been ill, and her condition had grea next letter, February 13, was written on the eve of Speed's marriage. After assurances of his desire to befri men. Meanwhile Lincoln had been duly informed of Speed's marriage, and on the 25th he responds: Your
writing to us about his claim. I have always said that Mr. Everett is a very clever fellow, and I am very sorry he cannot be obliged; but it does seem to me he ought to know we are interested to collect his claim, and therefore would do it if we could. I am neither joking nor in a pet when I say we would thank him to transfer his business to some other, without any compensation for what we have done, provided he will see the court costs paid for which we are security. --Ms. letter to Joshua F. Speed, March 27, 1842. he made no distinction between one of a business nature or any other kind. If a happy thought of expression struck him he was by no means reluctant to use it. As early as 1839 he wrote to a gentleman about a matter of business, observing crustly that a d-d hawk-billed Yankee is here besetting me at every turn I take, saying that Robert Kenzie never received the $80 to which he was entitled. In July, 1851, he wrote a facetious message to one of his clients, saying: I
it to our friends in Kansas. The Whig party, having accomplished its mission in the political world, was now on the eve of a great break-up. Lincoln realized this and, though proverbially slow in his movements, prepared to find a firm footing when the great rush of waters should come and the maddening freshet sweep former landmarks out of sight. Of the strongest significance in this connection is a letter written by him at this juncture to an old friend in Kentucky, Letter to Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855, Ms. who called to his attention their differences of views on the wrong of slavery. Speaking of his observation of the treatment of the slaves, he says: I confess I hate to see the poor creatures hunted down and caught and carried back to their unrequited toils; but I bite my lips and keep quiet. In 1841 you and I had rather a tedious low-water trip on a steamboat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember, as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the
f a newspaper correspondent. how Lincoln received the cabinet-makers. making up the cabinet. a letter from Henry Wilson. visiting Chicago and meeting with Joshua F. Speed. preparing the inaugural address. Lincoln's self-confidence. separation from his step-mother. last days in Springfield. parting with old associates. dephe report that She ·will be down as soon as she has all her trotting harness on. for a few days' stay, and there by previous arrangement met his old friend, Joshua F. Speed. Both were accompanied by their wives, and while the latter were out shopping the two husbands repaired to Speed's room at the hotel. For an hour or more, rSpeed's room at the hotel. For an hour or more, relates Speed, we lived over again the scenes of other days. Finally Lincoln threw himself on the bed, and fixing his eyes on a spot in the ceiling asked me this question, Speed, what is your pecuniary condition? are you rich or poor? I answered, addressing him by his new title, Mr. President, I think I can anticipate what you ar
Chapter 18. The recollections of Lincoln by Joshua F. Speed. an interesting letter by Leonard Swett. Before passing to a brief and condensed view of the great panorama of the war it will interest the reader and no doubt aid him greatly in drawing the portrait of Lincoln to call up for the purpose two friends of his, whose testimony is not only vivid and minute, but for certain reasons unusually appropriate and essential. The two were devoted and trusted friends of Lincoln; and engthening their statements, and yet we sometimes think that friends who are strong enough to aid us, and yet declining our aid, take care of themselves, are brave enough to tell us the truth. The two friends of Lincoln here referred to are Joshua F. Speed and Leonard Swett. In quoting them I adhere strictly to their written statements now in my possession. The former, under date of December 6, 1866, says: Mr. Lincoln was so unlike all the men I had ever known before or seen or known s