with the support of a widow-mother thrown almost exclusively on him by the death of his brother.
If these are wrong reasons then I have been wrong; but I have certainly not been selfish in it, because in my greatest need of friends he was against me and for Baker
's defeat in 1848 left Lincoln
still in a measure in charge of the patronage in his district.
After his term in Congress expired the “wriggle and struggle” for office continued; and he was often appealed to for his influence in obtaining, as he termed it, “a way to live without work.”
Occasionally, when hard pressed, he retorted with bitter sarcasm.
I append a letter written in this vein to a gentleman still living in central Illinois
, who, I suppose, would prefer that his name should be withheld: