on his nomination, he said,1
“It is indeed most grateful to my feelings, that the responsible position assigned me comes without conditions.”
out of regard to the dignity of the exalted station he was about to occupy, he was not as free in discussing the matter of his probable appointments with some of his personal friends as they had believed he would be. In one or two instances, I remember, the latter were offended at his seeming disregard of the claims of old friendship.
My advice was not asked for on such grave subjects, nor had I any right or reason to believe it would be; hence I never felt slighted or off ended.
On some occasions in our office, when Mr. Lincoln
had come across from the State House
for a rest or a chat with me, he would relate now and then some circumstance — generally an amusing one--connected with the settlement of the cabinet problem, but it was said in such a way that one would not have felt free to interrogate him about his plans.
Soon after his election I received from my friend Joseph Medill
, of Chicago
, a letter which argued strongly against the appointment of Simon Cameron
to a place in the cabinet, and which the writer desired I should bring to Mr. Lincoln
I awaited a favorable opportunity, and one evening when we were alone in our office I gave it to him. It was an eloquent protest against the appointment of a corrupt and debased man, and coming from the source it did — the writer being one of Lincoln
's best newspaper supporters -made a deep impression on him. Lincoln