not interposed, I felt sure he wouldn't have been pulled from the platform without a bitter struggle.
This canvass--1840--was Mr. Lincoln
's last campaign for the Legislature.
Feeling that he had had enough honor out — of the office he probably aspired for a place of more distinction.
Jesse B. Thomas
, one of the men who had represented the Democratic
side in the great debate in the Presbyterian Church, in a speech at the court-house during this campaign, indulged in some fun at the expense of the “Long Nine,” reflecting somewhat more on Lincoln
than the rest.
The latter was not present, but being apprised by his friends of what had been said, hastened to the meeting, and soon after Thomas
closed, stepped upon the platform and responded.
The substance of his speech on this occasion was not so memorable as the manner of its delivery.
He felt the sting of Thomas
's allusions, and for the first time, on the stump or in public, resorted to mimicry for effect.
In this, as will be seen later along, he was without a rival.
He imitated Thomas
in gesture and voice, at times caricaturing his walk and the very motion of his body.
, like everybody else, had some peculiarities of expression and gesture, and these Lincoln
succeeded in rendering more prominent than ever.
The crowd yelled and cheered as he continued.
Encouraged by these demonstrations, the ludicrous features of the speaker's performance gave way to, intense and scathing ridicule.
, who was obliged to sit near by and endure the pain of this unique ordeal, was ordinarily sensitive; but the