circuit he carried in one hand a faded green umbrella, with “A. Lincoln
” in large white cotton or muslin letters sewed on the inside.
The knob was gone from the handle, and when closed a piece of cord was usually tied around it in the middle to keep it from flying open.
In the other hand he carried a literal carpet-bag
, in which were stored the few papers to be used in court, and underclothing enough to last till his returns to Springfield
He slept in a long, coarse, yellow flannel shirt, which reached half-way between his knees and ankles.
It probably was not made to fit his bony figure as completely as Beau Brummel
's shirt, and hence we can somewhat appreciate the sensation of a young lawyer who, on seeing him thus arrayed for the first time, observed afterwards that, “He was the ungodliest figure I ever saw.”
“He never complained of the food, bed, or lodgings.
If every other fellow grumbled at the bill-of-fare which greeted us at many of the dingy taverns,” says David Davis
He was once presiding as judge in the absence of Davis
, and the case before him was an action brought by a merchant against the father of a minor son for a suit of clothes sold to the son without paternal authority.
The real question was whether the clothes were necessary, and suited to the condition of the son's life.
The father was a wealthy farmer; the bill for the clothing was twenty-eight dollars. I happened in court just as Lincoln
was rendering his decision.
He ruled against the plea of necessity.
“I have rarely in my ”