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1 A bitter, malignant fool who always had opposed Lincoln and his friends, and had lost no opportunity to abuse them, induced Lincoln to go to the Governor of Illinois and recommend him for an important office in the State Militia. There being no principle at stake Lincoln could not refuse the request. When his friends heard of it they were furious in their denunciation of his action. It mortified him greatly to learn that he had displeased them. “And yet,” he said, a few days later, dwelling on the matter to me in the office, “I couldn't well refuse the little the fellow asked of me. Sometimes I feel,” he added, dryly, “that it's a good thing I wasn't born a woman.”
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