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oughout the South, and known as poor whites. They are happily and vividly depicted in the description of a camp-meeting held at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 1806, which was furnished me in August, 1865, by an eye-witness. J. B. Helm, Ms. The Hanks girls, narrates the latter, were great at camp-meetings. I remember one in 1806. I will give you a scene, and if you will then read the books written on the subject you may find some apology for the superstition that was said to be in Abe Lincoln's character. It was at a camp-meeting, as before said, when a general shout was about to commence. Preparations were being made; a young lady invited me to stand on a bench by her side where we could see all over the altar. To the right a strong, athletic young man, about twenty-five years old, was being put in trim for the occasion, which was done by divesting him of all apparel except shirt and pants. On the left a young lady was being put in trim in much the same manner, so that he
hip, after some practice, became so regular in form that it excited the admiration of other and younger boys. One of the latter Joseph C. Richardson, said that Abe Lincoln was the best penman in the neighborhood. At Richardson's request he made some copies for practice. During my visit to Indiana I met Richardson, who showed these two lines, which Abe had prepared for him: Good boys who to their books apply will all be great men by and by. To comprehend Mr. Lincoln fully we must know in substance not only the facts of his origin, but also the manner of his development. It will always be a matter of wonder to the American people, I have no doubt — as it has been to methat from such restricted and unpromising opportunities in early life, Mr. Lincoln grew into the great man he was. The foundation for his education was laid in Indiana and in the little town of New Salem in Illinois, and in both places he gave evidence of a nature and characteristics that distinguished him from ev
. The first time I ever remember of seeing Abe Lincoln, is the testimony of one of his neighbors,ecame apparent that Grigsby was too much for Lincoln's man, Johnston. After they had fought a lon Crawford gave me as a souvenir of my visit. Lincoln had often used it himself, she said. The queIn the discussion of all these grave subjects Lincoln took a deep interest.--Blue Nose, as Abe had literary feature as affording us a glimpse of Lincoln's boyhood days may to a certain extent grate ated at the outset, I intend to keep close to Lincoln all the way through. Some writers would probiew to take of history. If we expect to know Lincoln thoroughly we must be prepared to take him ase same day married The original chapter in Lincoln's handwriting came to light in a singular manhat the waiters had been carefully drilled by Lincoln in advance for the parts they were to performled, was merciless in satire. In after years Lincoln, when driven to do so, used this weapon of ri[2 more...]
o laid the ground off for the government many years before. So fairly and well had the young surveyor done his duty that all parties went away completely satisfied. As late as 1865 the corner was preserved by a mark and pointed out to strangers as an evidence of the young surveyor's skill. Russell Godby, mentioned in the earlier pages of this chapter, presented to me a certificate of survey given to him by Lincoln. It was written January 14, 1834, and is signed J. Calhoun, S. S. C., by A. Lincoln. The survey was made by Lincoln, says Godby, and I gave him as pay for his work two buckskins, which Hannah Armstrong foxed on his pants so that the briers would not wear them out. Honors were now crowding thick and fast upon him. On May 7, 1833, he was commissioned postmaster at New Salem, the first office he ever held under the Federal Government. The salary was proportionate to the amount of business done. Whether Lincoln solicited the appointment himself, or whether it was given
egradation or a fight were the only alternatives, he would fight. In the afternoon Shields and Whiteside arrived, and very soon the former sent to Mr. Lincoln, by the latter, the following note or letter:-- Tremont, September 17, 1842. A. Lincoln, Esq.:--I regret that my absence on public business compelled me to postpone a matter of private consideration a little longer than I could have desired. It will only be necessary, however, to account for it by informing you that I have been ty morning, that he might endeavor to bring Mr. Shields to reason. On Monday morning he called and presented Mr. Lincoln the same note as Mr. Butler says he had brought on Saturday evening. It was as follows:-- Tremont, September 17, 1842. A. Lincoln, Esq.:-- In your reply to my note of this date, you intimate that I assume facts and menace consequences, and that you cannot submit to answer it further. As now, sir, you desire it, I will be a little more particular. The editor of the
he nap usually worn or rubbed off. He wore a short cloak and sometimes a shawl. His coat and vest hung loosely on his gaunt frame, and his trousers were invariably too short. On the circuit he carried in one hand a faded green umbrella, with A. Lincoln in large white cotton or muslin letters sewed on the inside. The knob was gone from the handle, and when closed a piece of cord was usually tied around it in the middle to keep it from flying open. In the other hand he carried a literal carpenow, at 8 o'clock, P. M., of the last day of the term, ask to plead to the merits, which is denied by the court on the ground that the offer comes too late, and therefore, as by nil dicet, judgment is rendered for Pl'ff. Clerk assess damages. A. Lincoln, Judge protem. H. C. Whitney, Ms., letter, Nov. 13, 1865. The lawyer who reads this singular entry will appreciate its oddity if no one else does. After making it one of the lawyers, on recovering his astonishment, ventured to enquire, Wel
still living, who at the time of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas, was a book publisher in Springfield. Lincoln had collected newspaper slips of all the speeches made during the debate, and proposed to him their publication in book form; but the man declined, fearing there would be no demand for such a book. Subsequently, when the speeches were gotten out in book form in Ohio, Mr. Lincoln procured a copy and gave it to his Springfield friend, writing on the fly-leaf, Compliments of A. Lincoln. thus proving anew that a prophet is not without honor, save in his own country. In December he visited Kansas, speaking at Atchison, Troy, Leavenworth, and other towns near the border. His speeches there served to extend his reputation still further westward. Though his arguments were; repetitions of the doctrine laid down in the contest with Douglas, yet they were new to the majority of his Kansas How Mr. Lincoln stood on the questions of the hour, after his defeat by Douglas, is
he said, If the man comes with the key before you go, I want to give you a book. I certainly hoped the man would come with the key. Some conversation had taken place at the house on which his book treated,--but I had forgotten this,--and soon Mr. Lincoln absented himself for perhaps two minutes and returned with a copy of the debates between himself and Judge Douglas. He placed the book on his knee, as he sat back on two legs of his chair, and wrote on the fly-leaf, J. S. Bliss, from A. Lincoln. Besides this he marked a complete paragraph near the middle of the book. While sitting in the position described little Willie, his son, came in and begged his father for twenty-five cents. My son, said the father, what do you want with twenty-five cents? I want it to buy candy with, cried the boy. I cannot give you twenty-five cents, my son, but will give you five cents, at the same time putting his thumb and finger into his vest pocket and taking therefrom five cents in silver, whi