question,” retorted Lincoln
“He has Davis
on the brain.
I think Maryland
must be a good State to move from.”
The President then told a story of a witness in court in a neighboring county, who on being asked his age replied, “Sixty.”
Being satisfied he was much older the question was repeated, and on receiving the same answer, the court admonished the witness, saying, “The court knows you to be much older than sixty.”
“Oh, I understand now,” was the rejoinder; “you're thinking of those ten years I spent on the eastern shore of Maryland
; that was so much time lost and don't count.”
Before Mr. Lincoln
's departure from Springfield
, people who knew him personally were frequently asked what sort of man he was. I received many letters, generally from the Eastern States
, showing that much doubt still existed in the minds of the people whether he would prove equal to the great task that lay in store for him. Among others who wrote me on the subject was the Hon. Henry Wilson
, late Vice-President
of the United States
, whom I had met during my visit to Washington
in the spring of 1858. Two years after Mr. Lincoln
's death, Mr. Wilson
wrote me as follows:
I have just finished reading your letter dated December 21, 1860, in answer to a letter of mine asking you to give me your opinion of the President just elected.
In this letter to me you say of Mr. Lincoln what more than four years of observation confirmed.
After stating that you had been his law partner for over eighteen years and his most intimate and bosom friend all that time you say, “I ”