were important members of the House
With many of these the newly elected member from Illinois
was destined to sustain another and far different relation.
On the 5th of December, the day before the House
wrote me a letter about our fee in a law-suit and reported the result of the Whig
caucus the night before.
On the 13th he wrote again: “Dear William:--Your letter, advising me of the receipt of our fee in the bank case, is just received, and I don't expect to hear another as good a piece of news from Springfield
while I am away.”
He then directed me from the proceeds of this fee to pay a debt at the bank, and out of the balance left to settle sundry dry-goods
and grocery bills.
The modest tone of the last paragraph is its most striking feature.
“As you are all so anxious for me to distinguish myself,” he said, “I have concluded to do so before long.”
January 8 he writes: “As to speech-making, by way of getting the hang of the House
, I made a little speech two or three days ago on a post-office question of no general interest.
I find speaking here and elsewhere about the same thing.
I was about as badly scared, and no worse, as I am when I speak in court.
I expect to make one within a week or two in which I hope to succeed well enough to wish you to see it.”
Meanwhile, in recognition of the assurances I had sent him from friends who desired to approve his course by a re-election, he says: “It is very pleasant to me to learn from you that there are some who desire that I should be re-elected.