transmits to this same friend a scrap of paper — probably a few lines approving the selection of King
— which is to be copied in the friend's own handwriting.
“Get everybody,” he insists, “(not three or four, but three or four hundred) to sign it, and then send it to me. Also have six, eight, or ten of our best known Whig friends to write me additional letters, stating the truth in this matter as they understood it. Don't neglect or delay in the matter.
I understand,” he continues, “information of an indictment having been found against him three years ago for gaming or keeping a gaming house has been sent to the Department.”
He then closes with the comforting assurance: “I shall try to take care of it at the Department till your action can be had and forwarded on.”
And still people insist that Mr. Lincoln
was such a guileless man and so free from the politician's sagacity!
In June I wrote him regarding the case of one Walter Davis
, who was soured and disappointed because Lincoln
had overlooked him in his recommendation for the Springfield
post-office. “There must be some mistake,” he responds on the 5th, “about Walter Davis
saying I promised him the post-office.
I did not so promise him. I did tell him that if the distribution of the offices should fall into my hands he should have something; and if I shall be convinced he has said any more than this I shall be disappointed.
I said this much to him because, as I understand, he is of good character, is one of the young men, is of the mechanics, is always faithful and never troublesome, a Whig, and is poor, ”