and it is probable the matter of pay never entered Butler
He was not only able but willing to befriend the young lawyer in this and many other ways.
Stephen T. Logan
was judge of the Circuit Court, and Stephen A. Douglas
was prosecuting attorney.
Among the attorneys we find many promising spirits.
Edward D. Baker
, John T. Stuart
, Cyrus Walker
, Samuel H. Treat
, Jesse B. Thomas
, George Forquer
, Dan Stone
, Ninian W. Edwards
, John J. Hardin
, Schuyler Strong, A. T. Bledsoe
, and Josiah Lamborn
— a galaxy of names, each destined to shed more or less lustre on the history of the State
While I am inclined to believe that Lincoln
did not, after entering Stuart
's office, do as much deep and assiduous studying as people generally credit him with, yet I am confident he absorbed not a little learning by contact with the great minds who thronged about the courts and State Capitol.
The books of Stuart
, during 1837, show a practice more extensive than lucrative, for while they received a number of fees, only two or three of them reached fifty dollars; and one of these has a credit of: “Coat to Stuart
, $15.00,” showing that they were compelled, now and then, even to “trade out” their earnings.
The litigation was as limited in importance as in extent.
There were no great corporations, as in this progressive day, retaining for counsel the brains of the bar in every county seat, but the greatest as well as the least had to join the general scramble for practice.
The courts consumed as much time deciding who had committed