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Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
Black Hawk war; coarse brogans, tan color; blue yarn socks and straw hat, old style, and without a band. His friend Ellis attributed his shyness in the presence of the ladies to the consciousness of his awkward appearance and the unpretentious condition of his wearing apparel. It was more than likely due to pure bashfulness. On one occasion, continues Ellis, while we boarded at the tavern, there came a family consisting of an old lady, her son, and three stylish daughters, from the State of Virginia, who stopped there for two or three weeks, and during their stay I do not remember of Mr. Lincoln's ever appearing at the same table with them. As a society man, Lincoln was singularly deficient while he lived in New Salem, and even during the remainder of his life. He never indulged in gossip about the ladies, nor aided in the circulation of village scandal. For woman he had a high regard, and I can testify that during my long acquaintance with him his conversation was free from
Illinois river (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
votes. Five others received less. The most gratifying feature of it all was the hearty support of his neighbors at New Salem. Of the entire 208 votes in the precinct he received every one save three. It may not be amiss to explain the cause of this remarkable endorsement of Lincoln by the voters in New Salem. It arose chiefly from his advocacy of the improvement of the Sangamon river. He proposed the digging of a canal a few miles east of the point where the Sangamon enters the Illinois river, thereby giving the former two mouths. This, he explained to the farmers, would prevent the accumulation of back-water and consequent overflow of their rich alluvial bottom lands in the spring. It would also avert the sickness and evil results of stagnant pools, which formed in low places after the high waters receded. His scheme -that is the name by which it would be known to-day — commended itself to the judgment of his neighbors, and the flattering vote he received shows how they e
Iowa (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
d to ridicule the disasters of the Black Hawk war, or the part he took in it, yet I believe he was rather proud of it after all. When Congress, along in the fifties, granted him a land warrant he was greatly pleased. He located it on some land in Iowa, and declared to me one day that he would die seized of that land, and although the tract never yielded him anything he never, so far as my knowledge extends parted with its ownership. In regard to the Bounty Land Warrants issued to Abraham tc. on the 16th of April, 1852, and was located in his name by his duly appointed attorney, John P. Davis, at Dubuque, Iowa, July 21, 1854, on the north-west quarter of the south-west quarter of section 20, in Township 84, north of Range 39, west, Iowa. A patent as recorded in volume 280, page 21, was issued for this tract to Abraham Lincoln on the 1st of June, 1855, and transmitted the 26th October, 1855, to the Register of delivery. Under the Act of 1855, another Land Warrant, No. 68,465,
Blackstone (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
there to return one and borrow another. His determination to 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 tree, which provokes one of his biographers to denote the latter posture as one which might have been unfavorable to mental application, in the case of a man with shorter extremities. That Lincoln's attempt to make a lawyer of himself under such adverse and unpromising circumstances excited comment is not to be wondered at. Russell Godby, an old man who still survives, told me in 1865, that he had often employed Lincoln to do farm w
Sangamon County (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
's call was prompt and energetic. In the company from Sangamon county Lincoln enlisted, and now for the first time entered owever, in grim, soldierly severity he marched with the Sangamon county contingent to Rushville, While at the rendezvous at was threatened -we need not be told to which side the Sangamon county company to a man would have gone. A general order foronger as danger approaches death. A soldier of the Sangamon county company broke into the officers' quarters one night, a morning at daybreak, when the army began to move, the Sangamon county company, much to their captain's astonishment, were unief period of service, along with the remainder of the Sangamon county soldiers, he departed from the scenes of recent hostilammatical errors in his first address to the voters of Sangamon county, his principal hobby being the navigation of the Sangais dated March 9, 1832, and addressed to the People of Sangamon county. In it he takes up all the leading questions of the d
Island Grove (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
rt and sweet, like the old woman's dance. I am in favor of a national bank. I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles. If elected I shall be thankful; if not it will be all the same. I obtained this speech from A. Y. Ellis, who in 1865 wrote it out. Ellis was his friend and supporter, and took no little interest in his canvass. I accompanied him, he relates, on one of his electioneering trips to Island Grove, and he made a speech which pleased his party friends very well indeed, though some of the Jackson men tried to make sport of it. He told several anecdotes, and applied them, as I thought, very well. He also told the boys several stories which drew them after him. I remember them, but modesty and my veneration for his memory forbid me to relate them. His story-telling propensity, and the striking fitness of his yarns — many of them being of the bar-room order — in illustrating public q
Mentor Graham (search for this): chapter 6
es. Pettifogging. stories and poetry. Referee in rural sports. deputy surveyor under John Calhoun. studying with Mentor Graham. postmaster at New Salem. the incident with Chandler. feats of strength. second race for the Legislature. electihim with books, directing him to study them till he felt competent to begin work. He again invoked the assistance of Mentor Graham, the schoolmaster, who aided him in his efforts at calculating the results of surveys and measurements. Lincoln was not a mathematician by nature, and hence, with him, learning meant labor. Graham's daughter is authority for the statement that her father and Lincoln frequently sat up till midnight engrossed in calculations, and only ceased when her mother drove wood for the fire. Meanwhile Lincoln was keeping up his law studies. He studied to see the subject-matter clearly, says Graham, 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
ere a large number of men at work in the field. He was introduced to them, but they did not hesitate to apprize him of their esteem for a man who could labor; and their admiration for a candidate for office was gauged somewhat by the amount of work he could do. Learning these facts, Lincoln took hold of a cradle, and handling it with ease and remarkable speed, soon distanced those who undertook to follow him. The men were satisfied, and it is presumed he lost no votes in that crowd. One Dr. Barrett, seeing Lincoln, enquired of the latter's friends: Can't the party raise any better material than that? but after hearing his speech the doctor's opinion was considerably altered, for he declared that Lincoln filled him with amazement; that he knew more than all of the other candidates put together. The election took place in August. Lincoln's friend, John T. Stuart, was also a candidate on the legislative ticket. He encouraged Lincoln's canvas in every way, even at the risk of sacri
George B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 6
t the fatter place he threw his pet down with a feeling of indignation and chagrin. The little fellow, out of sight of all rivals, mounted a wood pile and proudly flirting out his feathers, crowed with all his might. Bap. looked on in disgust. Yes, you little cuss, he exclaimed, irreverently, you're great on dress parade, but not worth a d-n in a fight. It is said — how truthfully I do not know — that at some period during the late war Mr. Lincoln in conversation with a friend likened McClellan to Bap. McNabb's rooster. So much for New Salem sports. While wooing that jealous-eyed mistress, the law, Lincoln was earning no money. As another has said, he had a running board bill to pay, and nothing to pay it with. By dint of sundry jobs here and there, helping Ellis in his store to-day, splitting rails for James Short to-morrow, he managed to keep his head above the waves. His friends were firm — no young man ever had truer or better ones — but he was of too independent a t
eople in the neighborhood and distributed them along the way. He made Headquarters in Samuel Hill's store, and there the office may be said to have been located, as Hill himself had been postmaster before Lincoln. Between the revenue derived from the post-office and his income from land surveys Lincoln was, in the expressive language of the day, getting along well enough. Suddenly, however, smooth sailing ceased and all his prospects of easy times ahead were again brought to naught. One Van Bergen brought suit against him and obtained judgment on one of the notes given in payment of the store debt — a relic of the unfortunate partnership with Berry. His personal effects were levied on and sold, his horse and surveying instruments going with the rest. But again a friend, one James Short, whose favor he had gained, interposed; bought in the property and restored it to the hopeless young surveyor. It will be seen now what kind of friends Lincoln was gaining. The bonds he was thus
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