and were enthusiastically approved.
By the close of the year he was back again in the dingy law office in Springfield
The opening of the year 1860 found Mr. Lincoln
's name freely mentioned in connection with the Republican
nomination for the Presidency.
To be classed with Seward
, and other celebrities was enough to stimulate any Illinois
lawyer's pride; but in Mr. Lincoln
's case, if it had any such effect, he was most artful in concealing it. Now and then some ardent friend, an editor, for example, would run his name up to the mast-head, but in all cases he discouraged the attempt.
“In regard to the matter you spoke of,” he answered one man who proposed his name, “I beg that you will not give it a further mention.
Seriously, I do not think I am fit for the Presidency.”
The first effort in his behalf as a Presidential