management of business and the conduct of cases soon devolved on Lincoln
The entries in the account books of the firm are all in the handwriting of Lincoln
Most of the declarations and pleas were written by him also.
This sort of exercise was never congenial to him, and it was the only time, save a brief period under Judge Logan
, that he served as junior partner and performed the labor required of one who serves in that rather subordinate capacity.
He had not yet learned to love work.
The office of the firm was in the upper story of a building opposite the north-west corner of the present Court-house Square.
In the room underneath, the county court was held.
The furniture was in keeping with the pretensions of the firm — a small lounge or bed, a chair containing a buffalo robe, in which the junior member was wont to sit and study, a hard wooden bench, a feeble attempt at a book-case
, and a table which answered for a desk.
's first attempt at settlement in Springfield
, which preceded a few days his partnership with Stuart
, had been graphically described by his friend, Joshua F. Speed
, who generously offered to share his quarters with the young legal aspirant.
Speed, who was a prosperous young merchant, reports that Lincoln
's personal effects consisted of a pair of saddle-bags containing two or three law books and a few pieces of clothing.
“He had ridden into town on a borrowed horse,” relates Speed, “and engaged from the only cabinet-maker in the village a single bedstead.
He came into my store, set his saddle-bags on the counter, and ”