merciless ridicule by attempting to establish his supremacy as a beau among the ladies.
Blind to his own defects, and very pronounced in support of every act of the Democratic party, he made himself the target for all the bitterness and ridicule of the day. It happened that the financial resources of the State
, owing to the collapse of the great internal improvement system, were exceedingly limited, and people were growing restless under what they deemed excessive taxation.
The State officers were all Democrats, and during the summer they issued an order declining to receive any more State Banknotes or bills in payment of taxes.
This made the tax-payer's burdens greater than ever, as much of this paper remained outstanding in the hands of the people.
The order met with opposition from every quarter — the Whigs
of course losing no opportunity to make it as odious as possible.
It was perfectly natural, therefore, that such an ardent Whig as Lincoln
should join in the popular denunciation.
Through the columns of the Springfield Journal
, of which he had the undisputed use, he determined to encourage the opposition by the use of his pen. No object seemed to merit more ridicule and caricature than the conspicuous figure of the Auditor
At this time Lincoln
was enjoying stolen conferences under the hospitable roof of Mrs. Francis
with Mary Todd
and her friend Julia M. Jayne
These two young ladies, to whom he confided his purpose, encouraged it and offered to lend their aid. Here he caught the idea of puncturing