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January 19th, 1841 AD (search for this): chapter 10
mpossible. I must die or be better, as it appears to me. . . I fear I shall be unable to attend to any business here, and a change of scene might help me. If I could be myself I would rather remain at home with Judge Logan. I can write no more. During all this time the Legislature to which Lincoln belonged was in special session, but for a time he was unable to attend. His illness and consequent incapacity for duty in the Legislature, continued for almost three weeks. On the 19th of January, 1841, John J. Hardin announced his illness in the House. Four days afterward he wrote the letter to Stuart from which I have quoted a few lines. Towards the close of the session, however, he resumed his seat. He took little if any part in the proceedings, made no speeches, and contented himself with answers to the monotonous roll-call, and votes on a few of the principal measures. After the adjournment of the Legislature, his warm friend Speed, who had disposed of his interests in Spring
January 23rd, 1841 AD (search for this): chapter 10
mber, fearing a tragic termination, watched him closely in their rooms day and night. Knives and razors, and every instrument that could be used for self-destruction were removed from his reach. J. F. Speed, Ms. letter, January 6, 1866. Mrs. Edwards did not hestitate to regard him as insane, and of course her sister Mary shared in that view. But the case was hardly so desperate. His condition began to improve after a few weeks, and a letter written to his partner Stuart, on the 23d of January, 1841, three weeks after the scene at Edwards' house, reveals more perfectly how he felt. He says: I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better, as it appears to me. . . I fear I shall be unable to attend to any business here, and a change of sce
April 14th, 1841 AD (search for this): chapter 10
o the piquancy and force of Lincoln's queer stories. Of these, relates one of the company, Jos. Gillespie, Ms. letter, September 6. 1866. there was a constant supply, one following another in rapid succession, each more irresistible than its predecessor. The fun continued until after midnight, and until the distinguished traveller insisted that his sides were sore from laughing. The yarns which Lincoln gravely spun out, Van Buren assured the crowd, he never would forget. After April 14, 1841, when Lincoln retired from the partnership with Stuart, who had gone to Congress, he had been associated with Stephen T. Logan, a man who had, as he deserved, the reputation of being the best nisi prius lawyer in the State. Judge Logan was a very orderly but somewhat technical lawyer. He had some fondness for politics, and made one race for Congress, but he lacked the elements of a successful politician. He was defeated, and returned to the law. He was assiduous in study and tireless
ossible. The marriage of Lincoln in no way diminished his love for politics; in fact, as we shall see later along, it served to stimulate his zeal in that direction. He embraced every opportunity that offered for a speech in public. Early in 1842 he entered into the Washington movement organized to suppress the evils of intemperance. At the request of the society he delivered an admirable address, on Washington's birthday, in the Presbyterian Church, which, in keeping with former efforts,ain himself in any case that happened to come into his hands. His propensity for the narration of an apt story was of immeasurable aid to him before a jury, and in cases where the law seemed to lean towards the other side won him many a case. In 1842, Martin Van Buren, who had just left the Presidential chair, made a journey through the West. He was accompanied by his former Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Paulding, and in June they reached the village of Rochester, distant from Springfield six m
January 1st, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
m took possession of me and kept me very unhappy from the time of my engagement until I was married. This will explain the deep interest he manifested in his letters on my account. One thing is plainly descernible; if I had not been married and happy — far more happy than I ever expected to be — he would not have married. The first of these letters is one which he gave Speed when the latter started on his journey from Illinois to Kentucky. It bears no date, but was handed him January 1, 1842, as Speed has testified, in another letter to me, that he left Springfield on that day. It is full of consolation and advise how best to conduct himself when the periods of gloom which he feels sure will follow come upon his friend. I know, he says, what the painful point with you is at all times when you are unhappy; it is an apprehension that you do not love her as you should. What nonsense! How came you to court her? . . . Did you court her for her wealth? Why, you say she had no
August 27th, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
d and her friend Julia M. Jayne. These two young ladies, to whom he confided his purpose, encouraged it and offered to lend their aid. Here he caught the idea of puncturing Shields. The thing took shape in an article published in the Journal, purporting to have come from a poor widow, who with her pockets full of State Bank paper was still unable to obtain the coveted receipt for her taxes. It was written by Lincoln and was headed: A letter from the lost Township. lost Townships, August 27, 1842. Dear Mr. Printer, I see you printed that long letter I sent you a spell ago. I'm quite encouraged by it, and can't keep from writing again. I think the printing of my letters will be a good thing all around — it will give me the benefit of being known by the world, and give the world the advantage of knowing what's going on in the Lost Township, and give your paper respectability besides. So here comes another. Yesterday afternoon I hurried through cleaning up the dinner dishes a
September 8th, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
o get us into trouble will change their course; and yet it's pretty plain if some change for the better is not made, it's not long that either Peggy or I or any of us will have a cow left to milk, or calf's tail to wring. Yours truly, Rebecca--. Within a week another epistle from Aunt Rebecca appeared, in which among other things, she offered the gallant Shields her hand. This one was written by Miss Todd and Miss Jayne. I insert it without further comment: lost Townships, September 8, 1842. Dear Mr. Printer: I was a-standin‘ at the spring yesterday a-washin‘ out butter when I seed Jim Snooks a-ridin‘ up towards the house for very life, when, jist as I was a-wonderin‘ what on airth was the matter with him, he stops suddenly, and ses he, Aunt ‘Becca, here's somethin‘ for you; and with that he hands out your letter. Well, you see, I steps out towards him, not thinkin‘ that I had both hands full of butter; and seein‘ I couldn't take the letter, you know, without
September 17th, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
. 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 erv't, Jas. Shields. About sunset, General Whiteside called again, and secured from Mr. Lincoln the following answer to Mr. Shield's note:-- Tremont, September 17, 1842. Jas. Shields, Esq.:-- Your note of to-day was handed me by General Whiteside. In that note you say you have been informed, through the medium of the e 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 answ
September 22nd, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
ssed the river, and they soon followed. Shortly after, General Hardin and Dr. English presented to General Whiteside and myself the following note: Alton, September 22, 1842. Messrs. Whiteside and Merryman:--as the mutual personal friends of Messrs. Shields and Lincoln, but without authority from either, we earnestly desire trms except those first proposed. Whether the adjustment was finally made upon these very terms and no other, let the following documents attest: Missouri, September 22, 1842. gentlemen:--All papers in relation to the matter in controversy between Mr. Shields and Mr. Lincoln having been withdrawn by the friends of the parties nglish to state that their interference was of the most courteous and gentlemanly character. John D. Whiteside. Wm. Lee D. Ewing. T. M. Hope. Missouri, September 22, 1842. gentlemen:--All papers in relation to the matter in controversy between Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Shields having been withdrawn by the friends of the parties
October 3rd, 1842 AD (search for this): chapter 10
e latter hunted up Lincoln, who directed him to give his name and say nothing about the ladies. The further proceedings in this grotesque drams were so graphically detailed by the friends of both parties in the columns of the Journal at that time, that I copy their letters as a better and more faithful narrative than can be obtained from any other source. The letter of Shields' second, General Whiteside, appearing first in the Journal, finds the same place in this chapter: Springfield, Oct. 3, 1842. To the Editor of the Sangamon Journal: Sirs: To prevent misrepresentation of the recent affair between Messrs. Shields and Lincoln, I think it is proper to give a brief narrative of the facts of the case, as they came within my knowledge; for the truth of which I hold myself responsible, and request you to give the same publication. An offensive article in relation to Mr. Shields appeared in the Sangamon Journal of the 2d of September last; and, on demanding the author, Mr. Lincoln
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