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stions for the lady to answer in order that the entire history of their relations might be clearly shown. I perhaps pressed her too closely in such a delicate matter, for she responded in a few days as follows: Weston, Mo., May 22, 1866. Mr. W. H. Herndon, My Dear Sir: Really, you catechise me in true lawyer style; but I feel you will have the goodness to excuse me if I decline answering all your questions in detail, being well assured that few women would have ceded as much as I have undering no assistance to the woman who bent under the load. Thereupon Miss Owens, censuring him for his neglect, reminded him that in her estimation he would not make a good husband. In due time came her answer: Weston, Mo., July 22, 1866. Mr. W. H. Herndon: Dear Sir: I do not think you are pertinacious in asking the question relative to old Mrs. Bowlin Greene, because I wish to set you right on that question. Your information, no doubt, came through my cousin, Mr. Gaines Greene, who visit
re the Washingtonian society. meeting with Martin Van Buren. partnership with Stephen T. Logan. partnership with William H. Herndon. Congressional aspirations nomination and election of John J. Hardin. the Presidential campaign of 1844. Lincolagainst Peter Cartwright. Lincoln elected. in Congress. the spot resolutions. Opposes the Mexican war. letters to Herndon. speeches in Congress. stumping through New England. a Congressman's troubles. a characteristic letter. end of Congit in an instant, but too late to recall it. She halted for a moment, drew back, and her eyes flashed as she retorted: Mr. Herndon, comparison to a serpent is rather severe irony, especially to a newcomer. Through the influence of Joshua F. Speed out anything like he delivered it our people shall see a good many copies of it. Yours truly, A. Lincoln. To Wm. H. Herndon, Esq. February 15 he wrote me again in criticism of the President's invasion of foreign soil. He still believed
as lawyer and methods of study. law-office of Lincoln and Herndon. recollections of Littlefleld. studying Euclid. taste fr. In the morning I applied at the office of Lincoln and Herndon for admission as a student. The office was on the second orning I entered the office Mr. Lincoln and his partner, Mr. Herndon, were both present. Mr. Lincoln addressed his partner tupied the front offices on the same floor with Lincoln and Herndon, and one day Mr. Hay came in and said with apparent astonipartner, said: Billy, what's the meaning of antithesis? Mr. Herndon gave him the definition of the word, and I said: Mr. Linpleased. Returning from off the circuit once he said to Mr. Herndon: Billy, I heard a good story while I was up in the countwas no order in the office at all. The firm of Lincoln and Herndon kept no books. They divided their fees without taking anye came in and said; Well, Billy, addressing his partner, Mr. Herndon, here is our fee; sit down and let me divide. He counte
divided it with me. If I was not there, he would wrap up my share in a piece of paper and place it in my drawer — marking it with a pencil, Case of Roe vs. Doe.--Herndon's half. On many topics he was not a good conversationalist, because he felt that he was not learned enough. Neither was he a good listener. Putting it a litt divided up into smaller sums proportioned to the number of heirs. Lincoln himself distributed these to the heirs, obtaining a receipt from each one. Dear Herndon: One morning, not long before Lincoln's nomination — a year perhaps — I was in your office and heard the following: Mr. Lincoln, seated at the baize-covered tto get from me, and said: Hannah, they can't get your land. Let them try it in the Circuit Court, and then you appeal it; bring it to the Supreme Court and I and Herndon will attend to it for nothing. From statement, Nov. 24, 1865. The last suit of any importance in which Lincoln was personally engaged, was known as the Jo<
ive spirits who hovered around Springfield no longer held control of the political fortunes of Abraham Lincoln. The Republican party came into existence in Illinois as a party at Bloomington, May 29, 1856. The State convention of all opponents of anti-Nebraska legislation, referred to in a foregoing paragraph, had been set for that day. Judd, Yates, Trumbull, Swett, and Davis were there; so also was Lovejoy, who, like Otis of colonial fame, was a flame of fire. The firm of Lincoln and Herndon was represented by both members. in person. The gallant William H. Bissell, who had ridden at the head of the Second Illinois Regiment at the battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican war, was nominated as governor. The convention adopted a platform ringing with strong anti-Nebraska sentiments, and then and there gave the Republican party its official christening. The business of the convention being over, Mr. Lincoln, in response to repeated calls, came forward and delivered a speech of su
Chapter 13. Growth of Lincoln's reputation. his dejection. Greeley's letters. Herndon's mission to the Eastern states. interviews with Seward, Douglas, Greeley, Beecher, and others. the letter from Boston. the Springfield convention. Lincoln nominated Senator. the house-divided against-itself speech. reading it to his friends. their comments and complaints. Douglas's first speech in Chicago. the joint canvass. Lincoln and Douglas contrasted. Lincoln on the stump. posipast. Yours very truly, A. Lincoln. The following recent letter from Mr. Campbell is not without interest: La Salle, Ill., Dec., 12th. 1888. Jesse W. Weik, Esq. My Dear Sir:--I gave Mr. Lincoln some money in the office of Lincoln & Herndon in Springfiell in 1856, but I do not remember the exact amount. It was, however, between two and three, hundred dollars. I never had Mr. Lincoln's obligation for the payment of any money. I never kept any account of nor charged my memory with
ome of the biographies of this great man statements concerning his religious opinions so utterly at variance with his known sentiments. True, he may have changed or modified these sentiments EXECUTIVE mansion, Washington, May 27, 1865. friend Herndon: Mr. Lincoln did not to my knowledge in any way change his religious ideas opinions or beliefs from the time he left Springfield to the day of his death. I do not know just what they were, never having heard him explain them in detail; b to present him (Lincoln) a copy of Channing's entire works, which I soon after did. Subsequently the contents of these volumes, together with the writings of Theodore Parker, furnished him, as he informed me, by his friend and law partner, William H. Herndon, became naturally the topics of conversation with us; and, though far from believing there was an entire harmony of views on his part with either of those authors, yet they were generally much admired and approved by him. No religious v
r Yates complied. I was present at the meeting between Yates and Lincoln, and I remember that the former, when Lincoln urged my claims for retention in office, asked Lincoln to appoint their mutual friend A. Y. Ellis postmaster at Springfield. I do not remember whether Lincoln promised to do so or not, but Ellis was never appointed. he said, with a significant lowering of his voice. Give our clients to understand that the election of a President makes no change in the firm of Lincoln and Herndon. If I live I'm coming back some time, and then we'll go right on practising law as if nothing had ever happened. He lingered for a moment as if to take a last look at the old quarters, and then passed through the door into the narrow hallway. I accompanied him downstairs. On the way he spoke of the unpleasant features surrounding the Presidential office. I am sick of office-holding already, he complained, and I shudder when I think of the tasks that are still ahead. He said the sorrow
Chapter 17. In the Presidential chair. looking after his friends. settling the claims of David Davis. Swett's letter. the visit of Herndon. the testimony of Mrs. Edwards. letter from and interview with Mrs. Lincoln. a glimpse into the White House. a letter from John Hay. Bancroft's eulogy. Strictures of David gnition of Davis. What was finally done is minutely told in a letter by Leonard Swett, which it is proper here to insert: Chicago, Ill., August 29, 1887. William H. Herndon. My Dear Sir:--Your inquiry in reference to the circumstances of the appointment of David Davis as one of the Justices of the Supreme Court reached me living while at the White House. She responded as follows: From Mss. in Author's possession. 375 West Washington Street, Chicago, Ill., August 28, 1866. Hon. Wm. H. Herndon. My Dear Sir:--Owing to Robert's absence from Chicago your last letter to him was only shown me last evening. The recollection of my beloved husband's
ting sentiment! What a glorious recollection! The recollections of Lincoln by Mr. Swett are in the form of a letter dated January 17, 1866. There is so much of what I know to be true in it, and it is so graphically told, that although there may be some repetition of what has already been touched upon in the preceding chapters, still I believe that the portrait of Lincoln will be made all the more lifelike by inserting the letter without abridgment. Chicago, Ill., Jan. 17, 1866. Wm. H. Herndon, Esq. Springfield, Ill. Dear Sir: I received your letter today, asking me to write you Friday. Fearing if I delay, you will not get it in time, I will give you such hasty thoughts as may occur to me to-night. I have mislaid your second lecture, so that I have not read it at all, and have not read your first one since about the time it was published. What I shall say, therefore, will be based upon my own ideas rather than a review of the lecture. Lincoln's whole life was a calculat
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