and aristocratic family, referring doubtless to some of the distinguished relatives who were connected with him by marriage.
The story reaching Lincoln's ears, he laughed heartily over it one day in a Springfield store and remarked:
That sounds strange to me, for I do not remember of but one who ever came to see me, and while he was in town he was accused of stealing a jew's harp.
Letter. A. Y. Ellis, July 16, ‘66, Ms. In the convention which was held shortly after at the town of Pekin neither Baker nor Lincoln obtained the coveted honor; but John J. Hardin, of Morgan, destined to lose his life at the head of an Illinois regiment in the Mexican war, was nominated, and in the following August, elected by a good majority.
Lincoln bore his defeat manfully.
He was no doubt greatly disappointed, but by no means soured.
He conceived the strange notion that the publicity given his so-called aristocratic family distinction would cost him the friendship of his humbler constituen