about a matter of business, observing crustly that “a d-d hawk-billed Yankee is here besetting me at every turn I take, saying that Robert Kenzie
never received the $80 to which he was entitled.”
In July, 1851, he wrote a facetious message to one of his clients, saying: “I have news from Ottawa
that we win our case.
As the Dutch
justice said when he married folks, ‘Now where ish my hundred tollars.’
” He was proverbially careless as to habits.
In a letter to a fellow-lawyer in another town, apologizing for failure to answer sooner, he explains: “First, I have been very busy in the United States
Court; second, when I received the letter I put it in my old hat and buying a new one the next day the old one was set aside, and so the letter was lost sight of for a time.”
This hat of Lincoln
's — a silk plug — was an extraordinary receptacle.
It was his desk and his memorandum-book.
In it he carried