perhaps, but they were not destined to lay buried deep or long.
The world will have the truth as long as the name of Lincoln
is remembered by mankind.
There were two things Mr. Lincoln
always seemed willing to forget.
One was his unparliamentary escape with Joseph Gillespie
from the Legislature by jumping through the church window, in 1839, and the other was the difficulty with James Shields
, or, as he expressed it in a letter to Speed, the “duel with Shields
Other incidents in his career he frequently called up in conversation with friends, but in after years he seldom if ever referred to the affair with Shields
People in Illinois
did gradually forget or, at least, cease mention of it, but in more remote quarters where Mr. Lincoln
was less extensively known, the thing, much to his regret, kept rising to the surface.
During a visit which I made to the Eastern States
in 1858, I was often asked for an account of the so-called duel; so often, in fact, that on my return home I told Mr. Lincoln
of it. “If all the good things I have ever done,” he said regretfully, “are remembered as long and well as my scrape with Shields
, it is plain I shall not soon be forgotten.”
, a “gallant, hot-headed bachelor from Tyrone county, Ireland
,” and a man of inordinate vanity, had been elected Auditor of State.
Encouraged somewhat by the prominence the office gave him, he at once assumed a conspicuous position in the society of Springfield
He was extremely sensitive by nature, but exposed himself to