new surveyor, who even added Calhoun
, his predecessor, to the list of deputies.
had now become somewhat established in the good — will and respect of his constituents.
His bashfulness and timidity was gradually giving way to a feeling of self-confidence, and he began to exult over his ability to stand alone.
The brief taste of public office which he had just enjoyed, and the distinction it gave him only whetted his appetite for further honors.
Accordingly, in 1836 we find him a candidate for the Legislature again.
I well remember this campaign and the election which followed, for my father, Archer G. Herndon
, was also a candidate, aspiring to a seat in the State Senate.
The legislature at the session previous had in its apportionment bill increased the delegation from Sangamon county
to seven Representatives and two Senators
Party conventions had not yet been invented, and there being no nominating machinery to interfere, the field was open for any and all to run. Lincoln
again resorted, in opening his canvass, to the medium of the political handbill.
Although it had not operated with the most satisfactory results in his first campaign, yet he felt willing to risk it again.
Candidates of that day evinced far more willingness to announce their position than political aspirants do now. Without waiting for a convention to construct a platform, or some great political leader to “sound the key-note of the campaign,” they stepped to the forefront and blew the bugle themselves.
This custom will account for the boldness of Lincoln
's utterances and the unequivocal