scientists and philosophers, and was inclined to the opinion that the world would follow the darned thing off!
Late in the evening we reached Indianapolis
, and hurried to Browning
's hotel, losing sight of the stranger altogether.
We retired to our room to brush and wash away the dust of the journey.
In a few minutes I descended to the portico, and there descried our long, gloomy fellow-traveller in the center of an admiring group of lawyers, among whom were Judges McLean
, Edward Hannigan
, Albert S. White
, and Richard W. Thompson
, who seemed to be amused and interested in a story he was telling.
I enquired of Browning
, the landlord, who he was. “Abraham Lincoln
, of Illinois
, a member of Congress,” was the response.
I was thunderstruck at the announcement.
I hastened upstairs and told Hammond
the startling news, and together we emerged from the hotel by a back door and went down an alley to another house, thus avoiding further contact with our now distinguished fellow-traveller.
Curiously enough, years after this, Hammond
had vacated the office of Governor
a few days before Lincoln
arrived in Indianapolis
, on his way to Washington
to be inaugurated President
I had many opportunities after the stage ride to cultivate Mr. Lincoln
's acquaintance, and was a zealous advocate of his nomination and election to the Presidency.
Before leaving his home for Washington
, Mr. Lincoln
caused John P. Usher
and myself to be invited to accompany him. We agreed to join him in Indianapolis