Many of them were too fresh from the gutter to be taken at once into the society of such people as worshipped at the church where the speech was delivered.
Neither was there that concert of effort so universal to-day between the churches and temperance societies to rescue the fallen.
The whole thing, I repeat, was damaging to Lincoln
, and gave rise to the opposition on the part of the churches which confronted him several years afterwards when he became a candidate against the noted Peter Cartwright
The charge, therefore, that in matters of religion he was a skeptic was not without its supporters, especially where his opponent was himself a preacher.
But, nothing daunted, Lincoln
kept on and labored zealously in the interest of the temperance movement.
He spoke often again in Springfield
, and also in other places over the country, displaying the same courage and adherence to principle that characterized his every undertaking.
Meanwhile, he had one eye open for politics as he moved along.
He was growing more self-reliant in the practice of law every day, and felt amply able to take charge of and maintain himself in any case that happened to come into his hands.
His propensity for the narration of an apt story was of immeasurable aid to him before a jury, and in cases where the law seemed to lean towards the other side won him many a case.
In 1842, Martin Van Buren
, who had just left the Presidential chair, made a journey through the West
He was accompanied by his former Secretary of the Navy
, Mr. Paulding