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way to the depot. I used to attend the Danville court, and while there, usually roomed with Lincoln and Davis. We stopped at McCormick's hotel, an old-fashioned frame country tavern. Jurors, counsel, prisoners, everybody ate at a long table. The judge, Lincoln, and I had the ladies' parlor fitted up with two beds. Lincoln, Swett, McWilliams, of Bloomington, Voorhees, of Covington, Ind., O. L. Davis, Drake, Ward Lamon, Lawrence, Beckwith, and 0. F. Harmon, of Danville, Whiteman, of Iroquois County, and Chandler, of Williamsport, Ind., constituted the bar. Lincoln, Davis, Swett, I, and others who came from the western part of the state would drive from Urbana. The distance was thirty-six miles. We sang and exchanged stories all the way. We had no hesitation in stopping at a farm-house and ordering them to kill and cook a chicken for dinner. By dark we reached Danville. Lamon would have whiskey in his office for the drinking ones, and those who indulged in petty gambling would g
The Daily Dispatch: October 22, 1862., [Electronic resource], The opinion of the Northern press on Lincoln's proclamation. (search)
sown for another terrible outbreak in the future, in which the poor, helpless, and innocent negro, will be driven forth from the North with slaughter and confusion. Abolition theorists will not believe this, but I tell you this is the general feeling of the soldiery, and candid men appreciate it with alarm. In this connection I may be allowed to say that parties from Illinois are now here to make arrangements for taking several car loads of contrabands into Illinois. Mr. W., from Iroquois county, proposes to take one car load for the town of Loda. War is a terrible revolutionizer of political sentiments, and among the soldiers, no matter what may have been their former political creeds, you can scarcely find one man who is an avowed abolitionists, or who does not look with alarm upon all emancipation schemes. The test is now being applied, and the question comes directly home to every one, and their future association and welfare are both in the issue. And, further