This letter is so dry and stupid,” he mournfully concludes, “that I am ashamed to send it, but with my present feelings I cannot do any better.”
After the adjournment of the Legislature he returned to Springfield
, from which point it was a matter of easy driving to reach New Salem, where his lady-love was sojourning, and where he could pay his addresses in person.
It should be borne in mind that he had by this time removed to Springfield
, the county seat, and entered on the practice of the law. In the gloom resulting from lack of funds and the dim prospects for business, he found time to communicate with the friend whose case was constantly uppermost in his mind.
Here is one characteristic letter: