that day. I pondered a good deal over Lincoln
's dejection, and that night, after weighing the matter well in mind, resolved to go to the eastern States myself and endeavor to sound some of the great men there.
The next day, on apprising Lincoln
of my determination, he questioned its propriety.
Our relations, he insisted, were so intimate that a wrong construction might be put upon the movement.
I listened carefully to him, but as I had never been beyond the Alleghanies
I packed my valise and went, notwithstanding his objections.
I had been in correspondence on my own account with Greeley
, and others for several years, had kept them informed of the feelings of our people and the political campaigns in their various stages, but had never met any of them save Greeley
I enjoyed heartily the journey and the varied sights and scenes that attended it. Aside from my mission, the trip was a great success.
The magnificent buildings, the display of wealth in the large cities and prosperous manufacturing towns, broadened the views of one whose vision had never extended beyond the limits of the Illinois prairies
I saw and dined with Trumbull
, who went over the situation with me. Trumbull
had written to Lincoln
that he thought it “useless to speculate upon the further course of Douglas
or the effect it is to have in Illinois
or other States.
He himself does not know where he is going or where he will come out.”
At my interview with Trumbull
, however, he directed me to