Abraham Lincoln, Volume I eBook

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[38] N. and H. i. 102.  Lamon regards him as “a nominal Jackson man” in contradistinction to a “whole-hog Jackson man;” as “Whiggish” rather than actually a Whig.  Lamon, 123, 126.

[39] Herndon, 105.  But see N. and H. i. 109.

[40] The whole story of these two love affairs is given at great length by Herndon and by Lamon.  Other biographers deal lightly with these episodes.  Nicolay and Hay scantly refer to them, and, in their admiration for Mr. Lincoln, even permit themselves to speak of that most abominable letter to Mrs. Browning as “grotesquely comic.” (Vol. i. p. 192.) It is certainly true that the revelations of Messrs. Herndon and Lamon are painful, and in part even humiliating; and it would be most satisfactory to give these things the go-by.  But this seems impossible; if one wishes to study and comprehend the character of Mr. Lincoln, the strange and morbid condition in which he was for some years at this time cannot possibly be passed over.  It may even be said that it would be unfair to him to do so; and a truthful idea of him, on the whole, redounds more to his credit than a maimed and mutilated one, even though the mutilation seems to consist in lopping off and casting out of sight a deformity.  Psychologically, perhaps physiologically, these episodes are interesting, and as aiding a comprehension of Mr. Lincoln’s nature they are indispensable; but historically they are of no consequence, and I am glad that the historical character of this work gives me the right to dwell upon them lightly.

[41] It is amusing-to compare this Western oratory with the famous outburst of the younger Pitt which he opened with those familiar words:  “The atrocious crime of being a young man which the honorable gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me,” etc., etc.

[42] For the whole history of the rise, progress, and downfall of this mania, see Ford, Hist. of Illinois, ch. vi.

[43] Ford, Hist. of Illinois, 186; Lamon, 198-201; Herndon, 176, 180.  N. and H., i. 137-139, endeavor to give a different color to this transaction, but they make out no case as against the statements of writers who had such opportunities to know the truth as had Governor Ford, Lamon, and Herndon.

[44] N. and H. i. 160; Holland, 74; Lamon, 212; but see Herndon, 193.

[45] For the story of The Skinning of Thomas, belonging to this campaign, see Herndon, 197; Lamon, 231; and for the Radford story, see N. and H. i. 172; Lamon, 230.

[46] Lamon, 216, 217.  Nicolay and Hay, i. 162, speak of “a number” of the members, among whom Lincoln was “prominent,” making this exit; but there seem to have been only two besides him.

[47] N. and H. i. 173-177.



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