and the circumstances, no other term would have contained a truer qualification of the world ‘bad.’
“About one week after the battle of Bull run
,” relates another old friend — Whitney
— from Illinois
, “I made a call on Mr. Lincoln
, having no business except to give him some presents which the nuns at the Osage Mission school
had sent to him through me. A Cabinet meeting had just adjourned, and I was directed to go at once to his room.
He was keeping at bay a throng of callers, but, noticing me enter, arose and greeted me with his old-time cordiality.
After the room had been partially cleared of visitors Secretary Seward
came in and called up a case which related to the territory of New Mexico
. ‘Oh, I see,’ said Lincoln
; ‘they have neither Governor nor Government.
Well, you see Jim Lane; the secretary is his man, and he must hunt him up.’
then left, under the impression, as I then thought, that Lincoln
wanted to get rid of him and diplomacy at the same time.
Several other persons were announced, but Lincoln
notified them all that he was busy and could not see them.
He was playful and sportive as a child, told me all sorts of anecdotes, dealing largely in stories about Charles James Fox
, and enquired after several odd characters whom we both knew in Illinois
While thus engaged General James
This officer had sent in word that he would leave town that evening, and must confer with the President
‘Well, as he is one of the fellows who make cannons,’ observed Lincoln
, ‘I suppose I must see him. Tell him ’”