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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney to William H. Herndon' 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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of appointing Davis to any office at all & was disgusted at Davis' hoggishness after office for himself — for H. Winter Davis his cousin & for all his personal friends: In this very short time after Lincoln took the Presidential oath; Davis sought him out & forced him to appoint Archy Williams District Judge of Kansas & Jno A. Jones, Supt. of statistics in the State dept. Lincoln felt very sore over this to my certain knowledge. I can repeat nearly verbatim what Lincoln said to me about it on March 5th 1861. Davis undoubtedly had Williams appointed to get him out of the way of filling Mc Leans vacancy: [6] & he had Jones appointed from pure love. When Davis was appointed with Holt & Campbell to adjust the Freemont claims [7] his rage at Lincoln knew no bounds: he sent for me to meet him at St Louis at the Planters House and he kept me there for 2 days discussing Lincoln & Davis &c. he substantially sent a message to Lincoln by me — but I never delivered it: but I did say to Lincoln in 1861. (July) "Davis thinks you ought to make him a Supreme Judge & it looks as if you ought to do it." Lincoln didn't make the least reply. I feel satisfied he had not the slightest idea of doing so then. But if you want these matters more fully developed I will do so at greater lengath.

I can't help you on the ante-natal influences: it is a mere theory which I will run out at some length as soon as I can get a little time if it will avail you any

In haste / as ever Your Friend
H C Whitney

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3391 — 92

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney to William H. Herndon' 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=herndon625.html
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