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Browsing named entities in 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. You can also browse the collection for Washington (United States) or search for Washington (United States) in all documents.

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ect. Some men are cold, some lewd, some dishonest, some cruel, and many a combination of all. The trail of the serpent is over them all! Excellence consists, not in the absence of these attributes, but in the degree in which they are redeemed by the virtues and graces of life. Lincoln's character will, I am certain, bear close scrutiny. I am not afraid of you in this direction. Don't let any thing deter you from digging to the bottom; yet don't forget that if Lincoln had some faults, Washington had more — few men have less. In drawing the portrait tell the world what the skeleton was with Lincoln. What gave him that peculiar melancholy? What cancer had he inside? Some persons will doubtless object to the narration of certain facts which appear here for the first time, and which they contend should have been consigned to the tomb. Their pretense is that no good can come from such ghastly exposures. To such over-sensitive souls, if any such exist, my answer is that these fa
t of unwritten or, at least, unpublished history have drifted into the currents of western lore and Journalism. A number of such traditions are extant in Kentucky and other localities. Mr. Weik has spent considerable time investigating the truth of a report current in Bourbon county, Kentucky, that Thomas Lincoln, for a consideration from one Abraham Inlow, a miller there, assumed the paternity of the infant child of a poor girl named Nancy Hanks; and, after marriage, removed with her to Washington or Hardin county, where the son, who was named Abraham, after his, real, and Lincoln after his putative, father, was born. A prominent citizen of the town of Mount Sterling in that state, who was at one time judge of the court and subsequently editor of a newspaper, and who was descended from the Abraham Inlow mentioned, has written a long argument in support of his alleged kinship through this source to Mr. Lincoln. He emphasizes the striking similarity in stature, facial features, and
neral laws of astronomy and the movements of the heavenly bodies, but where he could have learned so much, or how to put it so plainly, I never could understand. Absalom Roby is authority for the statement that even at that early day Abe was a patient reader of a Louisville newspaper, which some one at Gentryville kindly furnished him. Among the books he read-were the Bible, Aesop's Fables, Robinson Crusoe, Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress, a History of the United States, and Weems' Life of Washington. A little circumstance attended the reading of the last-named book, which only within recent years found its way into public print. The book was borrowed from a close-fisted neighbor, Josiah Crawford, and one night, while lying on a little shelf near a crack between two logs in the Lincoln cabin during a storm, the covers were damaged by rain. Crawford — not the schoolmaster, but old Blue Nose, as Abe and others called him — assessed the damage to his book at seventy-five cents, and the
perform in this rather unique piece of backwoods comedy. He also improved the rare opportunity which presented itself of caricaturing Blue Nose Crawford, who had exacted of him such an extreme penalty for the damage done to his Weems' life of Washington. He is easily identified as Josiah blowing his bugle. The latter was also the husband of my informant, Mrs. Elizabeth Crawford. As the reader will naturally conclude, the revelation of this additional chapter of the Scriptures stirred up ined that his parents were so poor that he could not be spared from the farm on which they lived. He related to me in my office one day, says Pitcher, an account of his payment to Crawford of the damage done to the latter's book-Weems' Life of Washington. Lincoln said, You see, I am tall and long-armed, and I went to work in earnest. At the end of the two days there was not a corn-blade left on a stalk in the field. I wanted to pay full damage for all the wetting the book got, and I made a
erry following soon after, released him from the payment of any notes or debts, and thus Lincoln was left to meet the unhonored obligations of the ill-fated partnership, or avoid their payment by dividing the responsibility and pleading the failure of the business. That he assumed all the liability and set resolutely to work to pay everything, was strictly in keeping with his fine sense of honor and justice. He was a long time meeting these claims, even as late as 1848 sending to me from Washington portions of his salary as Congressman to be applied on the unpaid remnant of the Berry & Lincoln indebtedness — but in time he extinguished it all, even to the last penny. Conscious of his many shortcomings as a merchant, and undaunted by the unfortunate complications from which he had just been released, Lincoln returned to his books. Rowan Herndon, with whom he had been living, having removed to the country, he became for the first time a sojourner at the tavern, as it was then call
perance. At the request of the society he delivered an admirable address, on Washington's birthday, in the Presbyterian Church, which, in keeping with former effortsuing on down to the days of Yates in 1852. Before Lincoln's departure for Washington to enter on his duties as a member of Congress, the Mexican war had begun. Tt him answer with facts, not with arguments. Let him remember, he sits where Washington sat; and so remembering, let him answer as Washington would answer. As a natWashington would answer. As a nation should not, and the Almighty will not, be evaded, so let him attempt no evasion, no equivocation. And if, so answering, he can show the soil was ours where the fa later day to play a far different role in the national drama. Here it is: Washington, Feb. 2, 1848. Dear William: I just take up my pen to say that Mr. Stephenimself as an old man, although he had scarcely passed his thirty-ninth year. Washington, July 10, 1848. Dear William: Your letter covering the newspaper slips was
ial posts by President Taylor. a journey to Washington and incidents. return to Illinois. settlin. Mrs. Lincoln accompanied her husband to Washington and remained during one session of Congress.tman. The model was sent or taken by him to Washington, where a patent was issued, but the inventiosuperior dispatch of Butterfield in reaching Washington by the Northern route but more correctly by were the signal for Lincoln's departure from Washington. He left with the comforting assurance thalinois, however, before he again set out for Washington. The administration of President Taylor feeidering this and other offers he returned to Washington. Lincoln used to relate of this last-named ncoln arrived in Indianapolis, on his way to Washington to be inaugurated President. I had many oppthe Presidency. Before leaving his home for Washington, Mr. Lincoln caused John P. Usher and myselfweeds and easy-flowing tears overcame him in Washington. It was difficult for him to detect an impo
had never extended beyond the limits of the Illinois prairies. In Washington I saw and dined with Trumbull, who went over the situation withhich are now being discussed. Letter, December 27, 1857, Ms. In Washington I saw also Seward, Wilson, and others of equal prominence. Doud tell him I have crossed the river and burned my boat. Leaving Washington, my next point was New York, where I met the editor of the Anti-Se taken up by the Republicans. Senator Seward, when I met him in Washington, assured me there was no danger of it, insisting that the Republiand am well — very well indeed. I wrote you a, hasty letter from Washington some days ago, since which time I have been in Philadelphia, Balt it to the world unerased. Meanwhile Douglas had returned from Washington to his home in Chicago. Here he rested for a few days until his ame young lady. In 1846 both represented Illinois in Congress at Washington, the one in the upper and the other in the lower House. In 1858
encouragingly on the latter's shoulder with the admonition, Mary, keep up your courage. It may not be without interest to add that the servant afterwards married a man who enlisted in the army. In the spring of 1865 his wife managed to reach Washington to secure her husband's release from the service. After some effort she succeeded in obtaining an interview with the President. He was glad to see her, gave her a basket of fruit, and directed her to call the next day and obtain a pass througtle surprised at finding in some of the biographies of this great man statements concerning his religious opinions so utterly at variance with his known sentiments. True, he may have changed or modified these sentiments EXECUTIVE mansion, Washington, May 27, 1865. friend Herndon: Mr. Lincoln did not to my knowledge in any way change his religious ideas opinions or beliefs from the time he left Springfield to the day of his death. I do not know just what they were, never having heard h
reference was in any event a very labored and extended one. Mr. Lincoln obtained most of the facts of his Cooper Institute speech from Eliott's Debates on the Federal Constitution. There were six volumes, which he gave to me when he went to Washington in 1861. The day following the Cooper Institute meeting, the leading New York dailies published the speech in full, and made favorable editorial mention of it and of the speaker as well. It was plain now that Lincoln had captured the metropoliubilant and effusive friend, of the mighty consequences of this little incident; little did I think that the tall, and angular, and bony rail-splitter who stood in girlish diffidence bowing with awkward grace would fill the chair once filed by Washington, and that his name would echo in chants of praise along the corridor of all coming time. A week later the hosts were gathered for the great convention in Chicago. David Davis had rented rooms in the Tremont House and opened up Lincoln's headq
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