While Mr. Lincoln
was no financier and had no propensity to acquire property,--no avarice of the get,--yet he had the capacity of retention, or the avarice of the keep.
He never speculated in lands or anything else.
In the days of land offices and “choice lots in a growing town” he had many opportunities to make safe ventures promising good returns, but he never availed himself of them.
His brother lawyers were making good investments and lucky terms, some of them, Davis
, for example, were rapidly becoming wealthy; but Lincoln
cared nothing for speculation; in fact there was no ventursome spirit in him. His habits were very simple.
He was not fastidious as to food or dress.
His hat was brown, faded, and the nap usually worn or rubbed off. He wore a short cloak and sometimes a shawl.
His coat and vest hung loosely on his gaunt frame, and his trousers were invariably too short.