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Chapter 17.

Lincoln, the President, did not differ greatly from Lincoln the lawyer and politician. In the latter capacity only had his old friends in Illinois known him. For a long time after taking his seat they were curious to know what change, if any, his exalted station had made in him. He was no longer amid people who had seen him grow from the village lawyer to the highest rank in the land, and whose hands he could grasp in the confidence of a time-tried friendship; but now he was surrounded by wealth, power, fashion, influence, by adroit politicians and artful schemers of every sort. In the past his Illinois and particularly his Springfield friends1 had shared the anxiety and

1 Lincoln, even after his elevation to the Presidency, always had an eye out for his friends, as the following letters will abundantly prove:

Executive mansion, Washington, April 20, 1864.
Calvin Truesdale, Esq. Postmaster, Rock Island, Ill.:
Thomas J. Pickett, late agent of the Quartermaster's Department for the Island of Rock Island, has been removed or suspended from that position on a charge of having sold timber and stone from the island for his private benefit. Mr. Pickett is an old acquaintance and friend of mine, and I will thank you, if you will, to set a day or days and place on and at which to take testimony on the point. Notify Mr. Pickett and one J. B. Danforth (who as I understand makes the charge) to be present with their witnesses. Take the testimony in writing offered by both sides, and report it in ful to me. Please do this for me.

Yours truly,

A. Lincoln.

The man Pickett was formerly the editor of a newspaper in northern Illinois, and had, to use an expression of later days, inaugurated in the columns of his paper Lincoln's boom for the Presidency. When he afterwards fell under suspicion, no one came to his rescue sooner than the President himself.

The following letter needs no explanation:

Executive mansion, Washington, August 27, 1862.
Hon. Wash. Talcott.
My Dear Sir:--I have determined to appoint you collector. I now haye a very special request to rmake of you, which is, that you will rake no war upon Mr. Washburne, who is also my frind a of longer standing than yourself. I will even be obliged it you can lo something for him if occasion presents.

Yours truly,

A. Lincoln.

Mr. Talcott, to whom it was addressed, was furnished a letter of introduction by the President, as follows:

The Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue will please see Mr. Talcott, one of the best men there is, and, if any difference, one they would like better than they do me.

A. Lincoln. August 18, 1862.

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