persons on the outside.
The lobby at that day contained the representative men of the state-men of acknowledged prominence and respectability, many of them able lawyers, drawn thither in advocacy of some pet bill.
Schemes of vast internal improvements attracted a retinue of log-rollers, who in later days seem to have been an indispensable necessity in the movement of complicated legislative machinery.
Men of capital and brains were there.
He early realized the importance of knowing all these, trusting to the inspiration of some future hour to impress them with his skill as an organizer or his power as an orator.
Among the members of the outside or “third body” was Stephen A. Douglas
, whom Lincoln
then saw for the first time.
had come from Vermont
only the year before, but was already undertaking to supplant John J. Hardin
in the office of States Attorney for the district in which both lived.
What impression he made on Lincoln
, what opinions each formed of the other, or what the extent of their acquaintance then was, we do not know.
It is said that Lincoln
afterwards in mentioning their first meeting observed of the newly-arrived Vermonter that he was the “least man he had ever seen.”
The Legislature proper contained the youth and blood and fire of the frontier.
Some of the men who participated in these early parliamentary battles were destined to carry the banners of great political parties, some to lead in war and some in the great council chamber of the nation.
Some were to fill the Governor
's office, others to