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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Davis, David. 'David Davis (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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240. David Davis (William H. Herndon Interview) [1].

September 19th 1866.

Judge Davis —

I was Elected Judge Sept 48. Sat in Sangamon Co up to 1857 — 14 Counties, Sangamon, Tazwell, Woodford — McLain, Logan — De Witt — Piatt, Champaign Vermillion, Edgar — Shelby, Moultre — Macon, & Christian — are about 100 m square — see a Map. Lincoln was with me all around the circuit — Travelled around the Circuit twice per year; out 6 mo Each year —

Lincoln Commenced practicing in Bloomington in 1837 and never ceased to come here and attend the Court. He practiced under me — for the years of 48. to 1858 — went all around the Circuit. [2]

I met in 1861 in Indianapolis, Judd, Lamon — were with him all the way — Hunter & Sumner &c — got in Springfield — Browning went with Lincoln went as far as Indianapolis Ind. I went to Harrisburg. — Judd had Pinkerton to investigate the Conspiracy. Pinkerton reported I think reported at Philadelp, Lamon went throug; it was decided at Harrisburg. I never heard that a torpedo or other thing was put on the track or in the cars. We went to Washington through Baltimore the next day.

I was appointed Judge of Supm Court in 1862 was with Lincoln some. Lincoln was a peculiar man: he never asked my advice on any question — sometimes I would talk to him & advise him: he would listen — The idea that he told his religious views to any one is to me absurd, I asked him once about his Cabinet: he said he never Consulted his Cabinett. He said they all disagreed so much he would not ask them — he depended on himself — always. I may say that he did once or twice ask me some questions about money affairs and how to put out his money — &c &c He wanted me to go to Baltimore Convention — didn't go. April 4th 1864 is the last time I saw him until he was dead and in his Coffin — He never would turn a man out off and hence his Cabinet clung together. He said He ran the Machine himself.

Bancroft knew nothing about Lincoln: He was an old democrat and never sympathized with. Lincoln was a remarkbl man: he said that as a Republican government all men & women & Children had a right to see the Presdt & State his grievances. I Know it was the general opinion in Washington that I knew all about

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Davis, David. 'David Davis (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon346.html
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