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of ingenuity and labor in proportions known only to a volunteer soldier, they managed to avoid the unpleasant results of long-continued and unsatisfied hunger. At an old Winnebago town called Turtle village, narrates a member of the company, after stretching our rations over nearly four days, one of our mess, an old acquaintance of Lincoln, G. B. Fanchier, shot a dove, and having a gill of flour left we made a gallon and a half of delicious soup in an old, tin bucket that had been lost by Indians. This soup we divided among several messes that were hungrier than we were and our own mess, by pouring in each man's cup a portion of the esculent. Once more, at another time, in the extreme northern part of Illinois, we had been very hungry for two days, but suddenly came upon a new cabin at the edge of the prairie that the pioneer sovereign squatter family had vacated and skedaddled from for fear of losing their scalps. There were plenty of chickens about the cabin, much hungrier tha
William Greene (search for this): chapter 6
the handbill. first political speech. the canvass. defeat. partnership in the store with Berry. the trade with William Greene. failure of the business. law studies. Pettifogging. stories and poetry. Referee in rural sports. deputy surveyIn Radford's case, fearing his bones might share the fate of his windows, he disposed of his stock and good — will to William Greene for a consideration of four hundred dollars. The latter employed Lincoln to make an inventory of the goods, and when completed, the new merchant, seeing in it something of a speculation, offered Greene an advance of two hundred and fifty dollars on his investment. The offer was accepted, and the stock and fixtures passed into the ownership and control of the now ve his note to James Herndon, Lincoln his to Rowan Herndon, while Lincoln & Berry as a firm, executed their obligation to Greene, Radford, and Rutledge in succession. Surely Wall Street at no time in its history has furnished a brace of speculators
Shakespeare (search for this): chapter 6
ccessful business career. Once installed behind the counter he gave himself up to reading and study, depending for the practical management of the business on his partner. A more unfortunate selection than Berry could not have been found; for, while Lincoln at one end of the store was dispensing political information, Berry at the other was disposing of the firm's liquors, being the best customer for that article of merchandise himself. To put it more plainly, Lincoln's application to Shakespeare and Burns was only equalled by Berry's attention to spigot and barrel. That the latter in the end succeeded in squandering a good portion of their joint assets, besides wrecking his own health, is not to be wondered at. By the spring of 1833 they, like their predecessors, were ready to retire. Two brothers named Trent coming along, they sold to them on the liberal terms then prevalent the business and good-will; but before the latter's notes fell due, they in turn had failed and fled.
Sangamon Journal (search for this): chapter 6
it merely as a kind of preliminary practice, seldom made any charge for his services. Meanwhile he was reading not only law books but natural philosophy and other scientific subjects. He was a careful and patient reader of newspapers, the Sangamon Journal--published at Springfield--Louisville Journal, St. Louis Republican, and Cincinnati Gazette being usually within his reach. He paid a less degree of attention to historical works, although he read Rollin and Gibbon while in business with Be who received 1390 votes, In all former biographies of Lincoln, including the Nicolay and Hay history in the. Century Magazine, Dawson's vote is fixed at 1370, and Lincoln is thereby made to lead the ticket; but in the second issue of the Sangamon Journal after the election--August 16, 1834--the count is corrected, and Dawson's vote is increased to 1390. Dr. A. W. French, of Springfield, is the possessor of an official return of the votes cast at the New Salem precinct, made out in the handwr
Pollard Simmons (search for this): chapter 6
antagonist in argumentative controversy. I have heard Lincoln say that Calhoun gave him more trouble in his debates than Douglas ever did, because he was more captivating in his manner and a more learned man than Douglas. But to resume. The recommendation of Lincoln's friends was sufficient to induce Calhoun to appoint him one of his deputies. At the time he received notice of his selection by Calhoun, Lincoln was out in the woods near New Salem splitting rails. A friend named Pollard Simmons, who still survives and has related the incident to me, walked out to the point where he was working with the cheering news. Lincoln, being a Whig and knowing Calhoun's pronounced Democratic tendencies, enquired if he had to sacrifice any principle in accepting the position. If I can be perfectly free in my political action I will take the office, he remarked; but if my sentiments or even expression of them is to be abridged in any way I would not have it or any other office. A young
Joseph S. Wilson (search for this): chapter 6
465, for 120 acres, was issued to Abraham Lincoln, Captain Illinois Militia, Black Hawk war, on the 22d April, 1856, and was located by himself at Springfield, Illinois, December 27, 1859, on the east half of the north-east quarter and the north-west quarter of the north-east quarter of section 18, in Township 84, north of Range 39, west; for which a patent, as recorded in volume 468, page 53, was issued September 10, 1860, and sent October 30, 1860, to the Register for delivery.--Letter Jos. S. Wilson Acting Commissioner Land Office, June 27, 1865. The return of the Black Hawk warriors to New Salem occurred in the month of August, but a short time before the general election. A new Legislature was to be chosen, and as Lincoln had declared to his comrades in the army he would, and in obedience to the effusive declaration of principles which he had issued over his signature in March, before he went to the war, he presented himself to the people of his newly adopted county as a cand
Blackstone (search for this): chapter 6
rtunity of meeting passing strangers — lawyers and others from the county seat, whom he frequently impressed with his knowledge as well as wit. He had, doubtless, long before determined to prepare himself for the law; in fact, had begun to read Blackstone while in the store, and now went at it with renewed zeal. He borrowed law-books of his former comrade in the Black Hawk war, John T. Stuart, who was practicing law in Springfield, frequently walking there to return one and borrow another. Histo master any subject he undertook and his application to study were of the most intense order. On the road to and from Springfield he would read and recite from the book he carried open in his hand, and claimed to have mastered forty pages of Blackstone during the first day after his return from Stuart's office. At New Salem he frequently sat barefooted under the shade of a tree near the store, poring over a volume of Chitty or Blackstone, sometimes lying on his back, putting his feet up the
told me in 1865, that he had often employed Lincoln to do farm work for him, and was surprised to find him one day sitting barefoot on the summit of a wood-pile and attentively reading a book. This being an unusual thing for farm hands in that early day to do, I asked him, relates Godby, what he was reading. I'm not reading, he answered. I'm studying. Studing what? I enquired. Law, sir, was the emphatic response. It was really too much for me, as I looked at him sitting there proud as Cicero. Great God Almighty! I exclaimed, and passed on. But Lincoln kept on at his studies. Wherever he was and whenever he could do so the book was brought into use. He carried it with him in his rambles through the woods and his walks to the river. When night came he read it by the aid of any friendly light he could find. Frequently he went down to the cooper's shop and kindled a fire out of the waste material lying about, and by the light it afforded read until far into the night. On
ntor Graham. postmaster at New Salem. the incident with Chandler. feats of strength. second race for the Legislature. eertaken when about fourteen miles from Springfield by one Chandler, whom he knew slightly, and who, having already driven twre a certain other man who had gone by a different road. Chandler explained to Lincoln that he was poor and wanted to enterrted for Springfield. Meanwhile, my neighbors, continued Chandler, collected and advanced me the necessary one hundred dollffice first, I can secure the land. Lincoln noticed that Chandler's horse was too much fatigued to stand fourteen miles mortherefore dismounted from his own and turned him over to Chandler, saying, Here's my horse — he is fresh and full of grit; ndon's tavern and I'll call and get him. Thus encouraged Chandler moved on, leaving Lincoln to follow on the jaded animal. n rode leisurely into town and was met by the now radiant Chandler, jubilant over his success. Between the two a friendship
Henry McHenry (search for this): chapter 6
m, and to express it truly and strongly. I have known him to study for hours the best way of three to express an idea. He was so studious and absorbed in his application at one time, that his friends, according to a statement made by one Henry McHenry, Ms., Oct. 5, 1865. of them, noticed that he was so emaciated we feared he might bring on mental derangement. It was not long, however, until he had mastered surveying as a study, and then he was sent out to work by his superior — Calhoun. with offices that belonged to the people. As surveyor under Calhoun he was sent for at one time to decide or locate a disputed corner for some persons in the northern part of the county. Among others interested was his friend and admirer Henry McHenry. After a good deal of disputing we agreed, says the latter, to send for Lincoln and to abide by his decision. He came with compass, flag-staff, and chain. He stopped with me three or four days and surveyed the whole section. When in the n
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