enquired what the furniture for a single bedstead would cost.
I took slate and pencil, made a calculation, and found the sum for furniture complete would amount to seventeen dollars in all. Said he: ‘It is probably cheap enough; but I want to say that, cheap as it is, I have not the money to pay. But if you will credit me until Christmas
, and my experiment here as a lawyer is a success, I will pay you then.
If I fail in that I will probably never pay you at all.’
The tone of his voice was so melancholy that I felt for him. I looked up at him and I thought then, as I think now, that I never saw so gloomy and melancholy a face in my life.
I said to him, ‘So small a debts seems to affect you so deeply, I think I can suggest a plan by which you will be able to attain your end without incurring any debt.
I have a very large room and a very large double bed in it, which you are perfectly welcome to share with me if you choose.’
‘Where is your room?’
‘Upstairs,’ said I, pointing to the stairs leading from the store to my room.
Without saying a word he took his saddle-bags on his arm, went upstairs, set them down on the floor, came down again, and with a face beaming with pleasure and smiles, exclaimed, ‘Well, Speed, I'm moved.’
, who was prominent in the removal of the capital from Vandalia
, took no little interest in Lincoln
, while a member of the Legislature.
After his removal to Springfield
boarded at Butler's house for several years.
He became warmly attached to the family,