exhibition goaded him to desperation.
He was so thoroughly wrought up with suppressed emotion that he actually gave way to tears.
I was not a witness of this scene, but the next day it was the talk of the town, and for years afterwards it was called the “skinning” of Thomas
Speed was there, so were A. Y. Ellis
, Ninian W. Edwards
, and David Davis
, who was just then coming into prominence.
The whole thing was so unlike Lincoln
, it was not soon forgotten either by his friends or enemies.
I heard him afterwards say that the recollection of his conduct that evening filled him with the deepest chagrin.
He felt that he had gone too far, and to rid his good-nature of a load, hunted up Thomas
and made ample apology.
The incident and its sequel proved that Lincoln
could not only be vindictive but manly as well.
He was selected as an Elector on the Harrison ticket for President
in 1840, and as such stumped over a good portion of the State
In debate he frequently met Douglas
, who had already become the standard-bearer and exponent of Democratic principles.
These joint meetings were spirited affairs sometimes; but at no time did he find the Little Giant averse to a conflict.
“He was very sensitive,” relates one of his colleagues on the stump, “where he thought he had failed to meet the expectations of his friends.
I remember a case.
He was pitted by the Whigs
in 1840 to debate with Mr. Douglas
, the Democratic
did not come up to the requirements of the occasion.
He was conscious of his failure, and I never saw ”