assurance that as an office-seeker he was by no means a success.
Besides his lack of persistence, he had an unconscious feeling of superiority and pride that admitted of no such flexibility of opinion as the professional suitor for office must have, in order to succeed.
He remained but a few days at his home in Illinois
, however, before he again set out for Washington
The administration of President Taylor
feeling that some reward was due Lincoln
for his heroic efforts on the stump and elsewhere in behalf of the Whig party and its measures, had offered him the office of either Governor or Secretary
, and with the view of considering this and other offers he returned to Washington
used to relate of this last-named journey an amusing incident illustrating Kentucky
He set out from Ransdell's tavern in Springfield
, early in the morning.
The only other passenger in the stage for a good portion of the distance was a Kentuckian, on his way home from Missouri
The latter, painfully impressed no doubt with Lincoln
's gravity and melancholy, undertook to relieve the general monotony of the ride by offering him a chew of tobacco.
With a plain “No, sir, thank you; I never chew,” Lincoln
declined, and a long period of silence followed.
Later in the day the stranger, pulling from his pocket a leather-covered case, offered Lincoln
a cigar, which he also politely declined on the ground that he never smoked.
Finally, as they neared the station where horses were to be changed, the Kentuckian, pouring out a cup of brandy from a flask which had