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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney (statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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in one day and Said he had just got a telegraph dispatch from some friends in Ills. urging him to come out and help get things right in Egypt, and that he would go, or stay in Washington, just where I thought he could do the most good — I told him to do as he choose, but that he could probably do best in Ills., upon that he just shook hands with me and hurried away to catch the next train." I seized a good oppertunity to say of Judge Davis — "I expect you'll appoint him Supreme Judge — anyway" — he at once grew sad and said nothing until I changed the subject. I never saw Lincoln in so jolly a mood — he ought to have been busy too, as Congress was about to adjourn — : he said to me — "My business just now is to make Generals". At another time I wanted a line from him to the Pay Master General, asking a favor for me. I went to his house at breakfast time and found a crowd — hence I went into his room at once and found him just come in — I stated my business; he said, "let us go right over and get it done" — I said — I don't want you to go; "but I can do it better by going — " he said: he never was more radiant — . I took advantage of it to say "Mr Lincoln, Wm Houston — a brother of Sam Houston — is here wanting that little clerkship" — he frowned like a bear and said — "don't bother me about Bill Houstin he has been here sitting on his a — s all summer, waiting for me to give him the best office I've got — "; "but," said I, "if he will select a small clerkship" — "I hain't got it," roared Lincoln with more impatience and disgust than I ever saw manifested by him: Said I, "that ends it" — and he at once became cheerful and jolly and we started on. Lincoln and I were at Centralia Fair the day after the debate at Jonesboro — night came on and we were tired, having been on the fair ground all day — the train was due at mid-night — everything was full — I managed to get a chair for Lincoln in the Ills. Cen. R.R. Supt. office — but small politicians would intrude so that he could scarcely get a moments sleep — the train came and was filled instantly — I got a seat at the door for L. and myself; he was worn out and had to meet Douglas next day at Charleston; an empty car, called a "Saloon" car was hitched on to the rear of the train and locked up. I asked the Conductor, who knew Lincoln and myself well, (we were both Atty's of the Road) if Lincoln could not ride in that car as he was exhausted &c., and the conductor refused. I afterwards got in by stratagem. At this same time McClellan was in person taking Douglas around in a special car and Special Train, and that was the indignant treatment that Lincoln got from the Ills. Cen. R.R. — every interest of that Road and every employee was against Lincoln and for Douglas. During the sitting of the 1st Phila. Convention in '56, Lincoln was attending a special term of Court in our County —. [3] Davis, L., and my self roomed to-gether — at noon I would get the Chicago paper — one day the telegraph showed that Dayton was nominated Vice President — that "Lincoln" received ____ votes; Davis and I thought it was our Lincoln — but Lincoln said he thought it was the other great man of the same name from Mass. — Davis and I were impatient for next days news, and it showed that it was our Lincoln; but the main subject of the news was not apparently at all moved by the prominence given him — The next day after that, when I came to our room
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney (statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon404.html
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