After reaching Cincinnati
, Mr. Lincoln
was a little surprised and annoyed to learn that his client had also associated with him Mr. Edwin M. Stanton
, of Pittsburg
, and a lawyer of our own bar, the reason assigned being that the importance of the case required a man of the experience and power of Mr. Stanton
to meet Mr. Johnson
The Cincinnati lawyer was appointed for his ‘local influence.’
These reasons did not remove the slight conveyed in the employment without consultation with him of this additional counsel.
He keenly felt it, but acquiesced.
The trial of the case came on; the counsel for defense met each morning for consultation.
On one of these occasions one of the counsel moved that only two of them should speak in the case.
This matter was also acquiesced in. It had always been understood that Mr. Harding
was to speak to explain the mechanism of the reapers.
So this motion excluded either Mr. Lincoln
or Mr. Stanton
By the custom of the bar, as between counsel of equal standing, and in the absence of any action of the client, the original counsel speaks.
By this rule Mr. Lincoln
suggested to Mr. Lincoln
to make the speech.
answered. ‘No, you speak.’
replied, ‘I will,’ and taking up his hat, said he would go and make preparation.
acquiesced in this, but was greatly grieved and mortified; he took but little more interest in the case, though remaining until the conclusion of the trial.
He seemed to be greatly depressed, and gave evidence of that tendency to melancholy ”