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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pierce, Edward L. 'Edward L. Pierce to Jesse W. Weik' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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587. Edward L. Pierce to Jesse W. Weik.

Milton Mass 12 Feb 90

Dear Sir

Yours is received. I think you would have done well to have stopped your 2d edition till you had made your additions. [1] I make my publishers mind me instead of minding them. An author likes to feel that the greater portion of his volumes in circulation are his complete work.

On Saturday last the Massachusetts Club — an old Republican Club which has dined every Saturday for 30 years — commemorated Lincoln on Saturday.

I enclose a report — but it is not correct enough to follow. [2] Governor Clain stated that after the election of '64 Lincoln said he should change his Secretary of State soon. [3] Clain was on the National Committee & a member of its Executive Committee.

Henry J Gardner who was Governor in 1855 — 6 — 7, gave reminiscences of Lincoln on his visit in '48 It seems he (Gardner) dined at Ex Gov Levi Lincoln's at Worcester the day before the Whig Convention, and your Mr Lincoln was there at the dinner. Years after when the latter was President, Gardner met L at Washington in the war — and L recalling his visit in 48 said "I went with hay seed in my hair to learn deportment in the most cultivated State in the Union — and I have never seen such a beautiful table and such fine arrangements as at Governor Lincoln's" [4] Gov Gardner gives names of the guests at table as Rufus Choate, Geo Ashmun, Geo L Holland. Emory Washburn, A. H. Bullock, Charles L. Putnam, and Stephen Salisbury. Of these Washburn & Bullock as well as Gardner were afterwards governors.

I doubt if Gov Gardner can at this date remember names of persons at the table with certainty — and if Choate was present. The dinner is more likely to have been on the day of the Convention than the day before.

Gardner represents Mr Lincoln's address as most effective. I have asked him to write out his recollections so that I can send them to you. [5]

Yours truly
Edward L. Pierce

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4696 — 97

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Pierce, Edward L. 'Edward L. Pierce to Jesse W. Weik' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon697.html
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