's elaborate and graphic account of the meeting at the duelling ground and all the preliminary proceedings is as full and complete a history of this serio-comic affair as any historian could give.
, as mentioned in the outset of this chapter, in the law office and elsewhere, as a rule, refrained from discussing it. I only remember of hearing him say this, in reference to the duel: “I did not intend to hurt Shields
unless I did so clearly in self-defense.
If it had been necessary I could have split him from the crown of his head to the end of his backbone;” and when one takes into consideration the conditions of weapons and position required in his instructions to Dr. Merryman
the boast does not seem impossible.
The marriage of Lincoln
in no way diminished his love for politics; in fact, as we shall see later along, it served to stimulate his zeal in that direction.
He embraced every opportunity that offered for a speech in public.
Early in 1842 he entered into the Washington
movement organized to suppress the evils of intemperance.
At the request of the society he delivered an admirable address, on Washington
's birthday, in the Presbyterian Church, which, in keeping with former efforts, has been so often published that I need not quote it in full.
I was then an ardent temperance reformer myself, and