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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Stuart, John T. 'John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon interview)' 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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46. John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon interview).

[late June 1865 [1]]

Jno. T. Stuart

Says — that Lincoln Came to Springfield in 1836 or 1837 — Spring — or fall & winter — think the last — Stuart & L entered into partnership in 1837 — L. went to Congress in 1839 [2]

— S & L then dissolved the legal firm — Logan & Lincoln then Entered into partnership. Lincoln went to the Legislature in 1834 — 6 — 8 & 1840 — again Elected in 1854 — refused to take his seat — became a candidate for U.S. Senate — beaten — Trumbull Elected U.S. S — S says he will write something for me, but he won't — give him any subject — topic he pleases in Lincoln's life. Logan & L dissolve partnership in 1844 — Lincoln is a gloomy man — a sad man — His wife made him Presdt (?): She had the fire — will and ambition — Lincolns talent & his wifes Ambition did the deed — Lincoln Courted a Miss Short [3] in 1834 & 5: She refused him — probably in 1836 it was — Lincoln is — was a kind of vegetable — that the pores of his flesh acted as an appropriate organ for such Evacuations &c — differed with other men about this — Lincoln was a torpid man gloomy. That Speed said if Mr Lincoln had married an other woman — for instance Speeds wife he Lincoln would have been a devoted husband and a very — very domestic man: That Lincoln needed driving — (well he got that) That having his — L's peculiar constitution — this dormancy — this vegetable constitution — vitality — this tenacity — his want of passion — Emotion — imagination he was tough & Enduring & but for this Lincoln with all the strength at Washington would have died — been killed in 3 mos. L did forget his friends — That there was no part of his nature which drew him to do acts of gratitude to his friends —

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Stuart, John T. 'John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon interview)' 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=herndon063.html
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