Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln's stories and speeches : including early life stories; professional life stories; White House incidents; war reminiscences, etc., etc. Also his speeches, chronologically arranged, from Pappsville, Ill., 1832, to his last speech in Washington, April 11, 1865. Including his ina online

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The 1 6th President of the United States.



Including "Early Life Stories;" "Professional
Life Stories;" "White House Incidents;"
' ' War Rem i n i scences , "
Etc., Etc.
— o —
Also His Speeches, Chronologically Arranged,
from Pappsville, III., 1832, to His last Speech
in Washington, April ii, 1865. Including
His Inaugurals, Emancipation Procla-
mation, Gettysburg Address,
Etc., Etc., Etc.



J. B. McClure, A. M.


Editor of "Mistakes of Ingersoll;" "Life of

Gen. Garfield;" " Edison and his Inventions; "

"Moody's Anecdotes;" "Sketches of Gen.

Grant;" Evils of the Cities;"

"Poetic Pearls;" Etc.


Rhodes & McClure Publishing Company.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1894, by

Rhodes & McClure Publishing Company,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

All Rights reserved.


In his speeches— and we may add— his stories, the
great Lincoln "still lives," with an influence for good

among men.

Whatever may attach to his mere biography, that
reveals a life of struggle and disadvantage in early
years— unparalleled in fact in this respect— the truth
is the man Lincoln is not in the "early cabin home,"
but in "words that never die "—in the compiled ut-
terances of this volume, that reveal and perpetuate
the soul life of him who spoke so often, so fully
and truly, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of hap-
piness, and of a government "that is of the peo-
ple, by the people, and for the people."

In this form these stories and speeches, whose
radiance lightens all pathways, are dedicated to the
world, in the firm faith that in the fulness of time, the
knowledge of the truth shall make all people free.


Chicago, June i, r894.


An Honest Boy; Young Lincoln "Pulls Fodder"

Two Days for a Damaged Book 1 8

An Incident of Lincoln's Early Hardships and Nar-
row Escape from Death 21

A Pig Story; Lincoln's Kindness to the Brute Crea-
tion 32

A Hard Tussle with Seven Negroes; Life on a Mis-
sissippi Flat-boat 33

A Remarkable Story; "Honest Abe" as Postmaster. 40
A Humoros Speech; Lincoln in the Black Hawk

War 46

A Joke on Lincoln's Big Feet 50

Baby Footprints 73

"Clarey's Grove Boys"; A Wrestling Match 57

Elected to the Legislature 47

Gen. Linder's Early Recollections; Amusing Stories. 55

How Lincoln Earned his First Dollar 17

How Lincoln Helped to Build a Boat: and How

he Loaded the Live Stock 28

How Lincoln Resented an Insult 29



How Lincoln Piloted a Flat-boat Over a Mill Dam. 42

How Lincoln Became a Captain 45

How Lincoln Treated His Early Friend, Dennis

Hanks, in Washington 62

Incidents Illustrating Lincoln's Honesty 27

Judge Ewing's Story 63

Judge Moses' Early Recollections of Lincoln 64

Little Lincoln Firing at Big Game Through the

Cracks of His Cabin Home 20

Lincoln and his Gentle Annie; A Touching Inci-
dent 24

Lincoln Splits Several Hundred Rails for a Pair of
Pants; How he Looked, as Described by a Com-
panion 35

Lincoln's Story of a Girl in New Salem 35

Lincoln's Mechanical Ingenuity . . . . > 39

Lincoln's Marriage; Interesting Letters 51

Lincoln's Mother; How He Loved Her 54

Mrs. Brown's Story of Young Abe; How a Man

Slept with a President of the United States 36

Reminiscences; The Turning Point m 59

Splitting Rails and Studying Mathemetics; Simmons,

Lincoln & Company 42

Senator Cullom's Interesting Reminiscences of Lin-
coln 66

• 'The Long Nine. " , 49

What Some Men Say About Lincoln; His First

Meeting with Richard Yates 30

When and Where Lincoln Obtained the Name of

"Honest Abe." 37

Young Lincoln's Kindness of Heart* He Carries

Home and Nurses a Drunkard 21


Young Lincoln and his Books; Their Influence on

his Mind 22


A Remarkable Law Suit About a Colt 75

A Famous Story 78

A letter to His Beloved Stepmother 82

An Amusing Story Concerning Thompson Camp-
bell 85

An Incident Related by one of Lincoln's Clients. ... 8y

Attention Shown to Relatives 91

A Good Temperance Man 94

A Revolutionary Pensioner Defended by Lincoln. . . 101

Gen. Linder's Account of the Lincoln-Shields Duel. 95

Honest Abe and His Lady Client 89^

How Lincoln Kept His Business Accounts 91

How Lincoln Always Turned a Stury to His Advan-
tage 103

Hon. Newton Bateman's Thrilling Story of Mr; Lin-
coln; The Great Man Lookiag to See How the

Springfield Preachers Voted 106

How Lincoln and Judge B. Swapped Horses 75

Lincoln's Story of a young Lawyer as he Told it to

Gen. Garfield 79

Lincoln and His Stepmother 80

Lincoln's Story of Joe Wilson and his "Spotted

Animals." 86

Lincoln Defends Col. Baker 88

Lincoln in Court 92

Lincoln Defends the Son of an Old Friend Indicted

for Murder 97

Lincoln's Pungent Retort 100


Lincoln Threatens a Twenty Years' Agitation in Illi-
nois i o I

Lincoln's Visit to Kansas in

Lincoln and the Little Chicago Girls 114

Lincoln's Simplicity 1 18

One of Lincoln's ' 'Hardest Hits. " 93

Some of Lincoln's "Cases" and how He Treated

Them 99

The Lincoln-Shields Duel 83

The Judge and the Drunken Coachman 88

Why Mr. Lincoln Let His Whiskers Grow 115


A Story Which Lincoln Told the Preachers 122

An Irish Soldier Who Wanted Something Stronger

than Water 127

A Story About Jack Chase 128

A ' 'Pretty Tolerable Respectable Sort of a Clergy-
man" . t . . . 132

An Apt Illustration 135

A Touching Incident 144

A Praying President 161

' 'Browsed Around" 136

Bishop Turner's Remiscences. 164

Common Sense 131

Cutting Red Tape 1 36

Comments of Mr. Lincoln on the Emancipation

Proclamation 148

Ejecting a Cashiered Officer from the White House. 153
How Lincoln Stood up for the Word "Sugar-Coat-
ed." 123


How Lincoln and Stanton Dismissed Applicants for

Office. 138

How the Negroes Regarded ' 'Massa Lincoln" 1 54

Lincoln's Advice to a Prominent Bachelor 124

Looking Out for Breakers 128

Lincoln's Confab with a Committee on "Grant's

Whisky." 131

Lincoln and the Artist 133

Lincoln and the Preacher 142

Lincoln and Little ' 'Tad." 142

Lincoln Wipes the Tears from his Eyes and Tells a

Story 147

Lincoln Arguing Against the Emancipation Procla-
mation that he May Learn all About It 149

Lincoln and the Newspapers 150

Lincoln's Bull-frog Story 150

Lincoln's Story of a Poodle Dog 151

Lincoln's Speech to the Union League 152

Lincoln and the Wall Street Gamblers 154

Lincoln's Habits in the White House 157

Lincoln's High Compliment to the Women of Amer-
ica 158

Lincoln in the Hour of Great Sorrow 159

Mr. Lincoln and the Bashful Boys 125

Minnehaha and Minneboohoo! 133

More Light and Less Noise 135

Mr. Lincoln's Laugh 150

Mr. Lincoln's Remedy for Baldness 168

Opened his Eyes 132

One of Lincoln's Drolleries 137

One of Lincoln's Last Stories 156

Philosophy of Canes 130


Stories Illustrating Lincoln's Memory 129

Seward and Chase 167

Trying the "Greens" on Jake 121

Telling a Story and Pardoning a Soldier 162

Where the President's Mind Wandered 141


A Soldier that Knew no Royalty 173

A Little Soldier Boy 1 74

A Remarkable Letter 183

A ' 'Henpecked Husband" 185

A Short Practical Sermon 1 86

A Celebrated Case 186

A Church Which God Wanted for the Union Sol-
diers 1 90

An Interesting Incident Connected with Signing the

Emancipation Proclamation 194

A Dream that was Portentous; What Lincoln said

to Gen. Grant Said About It 175

A Merciful President 201

A Touching Incident in the Life of Lincoln 207

A Joke on Mr. Chase 209

"A Great Deal of Shuck for a Little Nubbin" 226

A Position that Lincoln Wanted 228

An Inauguration Incident 238

A Lincoln Story About Little Dan Webster's Soiled

Hands; How Dan Escaped a Flogging 229

"Borrowing the Army 178

D. L. Moody's Story of Lincoln's Compassion;
What a Little Girl Did with Mr. Lincoln to Save

her Brother 231

Dr. Edwards Bumping the President 236


Gen. C. H. Howard's Reminiscences 221

Getting at the Pass-word 223

His Visits to the Hospitals 179

How Lincoln Relieved Rosecrans 192

How a Negro Argued the Point 203

How Lincoln Associated his Second Nomination

with a very Singular Circumstance 205

How Lincoln Illustrated what Might be Done with

Jeff Davis 208

How Lincoln Told a Secret 215

Hon. Frederick Douglas' Reminiscences 233

Hon. Leonard Sweet's Reminiscenses 216

Lincoln's Vow 178

Lincoln's Politeness 1 79

Lincoln's Curt Reply to a Clergyman 185

Lincoln's Cutting Reply to the Confederate Commis-
sion 1 99

Lincoln and Judge Baldwin 200

Lincoln- and the Colored People of Richmond ...... 218

Lincoln's First Convictions of War; His Great Sad-
ness 220

Lincoln and a Clergyman 224

Lincoln and the Little Baby; A Touching Story. ... 230

Lincoln "Taking up a Collection" 237

Lincoln and Stanton Fixing up Peace Between the

Two Contending Armies 239

Mr. Lincoln and a Clergyman 182

No Mercy for the Man Stealer. . . . ; 202

Pardons a Soldier 176

Recollections of the War President by Judge Wil-
liam Johnson 187

Story of Andy Johnson and his Doubtful Interest in


Prayers 171

Sallie Ward's Practical Philosophy 175

The Serpent in Bed with Two Children 198

The President's Aversion to Bloodshed 212

The President Advises Secretary Stanton to Prepare

for Death 225

' 'Tad's" Rebel Flag 227

The Brigadier General and the Horses 238

Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Passes to Rich-
mond 216


Attending Henry Ward Beecher's Church 243

An Amusing Illustration 249

Abraham Lincoln's Death; Walt Whitman's Vivid

Description of the Scene at Ford's Theater 281

Didn't Know his Own House; How Mrs. Lincoln

Surprised her Husband 271

Funeral Services of Lincoln's Mother; The Old Pas-
tor and Young Abraham 251

How Lincoln Took his Altitude; A Prophetic Bowl

of Milk 255

Lincoln's Love for Little Tad 244

Lincoln at the Five Points House of Industry in

New York 245

Lincoln and his New Hat 246

Lincoln's Failure as a Merchant; He, However, Six

Years Later Pays the "National Debt." 247

Lincoln's Feat at the Washington Navy Yard with

an Axe 248

How Lincoln won the Nomination for Congress. ... 257
How Lincoln won a Case from his Partner 263


Lincoin's Life as Written by Himself; The Whole

Thing in a Nut Shell 265

Lincoln's Foster-Mother; Her Romantic Marriage to

Thomas Lincoln 272

Little Lincoln Stories 275

Lincoln's Last Story and Last Written Words and

Conversation 279

Lincoln's Favorite Poem 288

Lincoln as a Lover 265

Something Concerning Mr. Lincoln's Religious

Views 253

Thurlow Weed's Recollections 254


A Great Congressional Speech 326

A Fourth of July Speech 446

Douglas' Seven Question's 386

"God Bless the Women of America" 449

Exculpating the Whigs 302

Forquer's Lightning Rod is Struck 294

First Talk After Nomination 423

First Inaugural Address 429

First Speech After Nomination 423

Lincoln's First Political Speech 291

Lincoln's First Speech in the Supreme Court 301

Lincoln's Temperance Speech 309

Lincoln "Linked to Truth" 347

Lincoln's First Speech in the Senatorial Campaign.. 348

Lincoln's Great Cooper Institute Speech 393

Lincoln's Rail Splitting Speech 422

Lincoln's Speech at Gettysburg. 448

Lincoln's Second Inaugral 453


Lincoln's Religious Belief 464

Lincoln's Speech in Washington 426

Mr. Lincoln's Debate with Douglas 361

National Bank vs. Sub-Treasury 3°3

President Lincoln's Last Speech 45 8

Showing his Hand 293

Speech After the Battle of the Wilderness 450

Speech on the War . • • • 45 l

Speech to 140th Indiana Regiment 455

The Perpetuity of Our Free Institutions 295

' 'The Age is Not Dead" 345

The Ballot vs. the Bullet 345

The Emancipation Proclamation 443


Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 19

Unforgotten 25

Early Home of the Lincolns in Illinois 31

White Pigeon Church 3$

The Old Capitol Building at Springfield, 111 48

Lincoln's Residence at Springfield, 111 73

Abraham Lincoln the Young Lawyer 74

Gen. James A. Garfield 79

Mrs. Sarah Bush Lincoln, Lincoln's Stepmother.. . 81

W. H. Herndon, Lincoln's Law Partner. 102

The Republican Wigwam at Chicago, Where Lin-
coln was Nominated 107

John Hanks, Lincoln's Rail Splitting Companion.. 118

United States Capitol 120

Lincoln's Family at Home in the White House .... 146

Mrs. John A. Logan 158

The Dawn 195


Gen. Grant After his Return from a Tour of the

World 1 96

Birthplace of Gen. U. S. Grant 207

Dwight L. Moody 231

Gen. Grant's Monument at Lincoln Park, Chicago . . 240

Henry Ward Beecher 242

Lincoln's Father's Monument, near Rockford, Ind.. 250

Triumphal Arch 258

The Original Fort Dearborn (as built in 1804) .... 261
The Lincoln Family Moving from Kentucky to Indi-
ana in 1816 273

The House in Which Lincoln Died, April 15, 1865. 287
Monument of Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln Park,

Chicago 292

George Washington, First President of the United

States 299

The Fountain 308

Temptation 311

The Dance and the ' 'Gulf" 319

The Waiting Wife 323

Gen. Taylor's Army near Popocataptl, in Mexico.. 341

Capitol at Springfield 34J

The Old Jerasulem Which Fell 369

Half Slave and Half Free 371

Our Savior Performing the Miracle in Cana 384

Lincoln Raising the Flag on Independence Hall,

Philadelphia 425

First Inauguration 428

Lincoln's Burial 466

Lincoln's Tomb 470

Bronze Pieces, Etc 47 1






How Lincoln Earned His First Dollar.

The following interesting storywas told by Mr. Lincoln
to Mr. Seward and a few friends one evening in the
Executive Mansion at Washington. The President said:
"Seward, you never heard, did you, how I earned my
first dollar ?"

"No," rejoined Mr. Seward.

"Well," continued Mr. Lincoln, "I belonged, you
know, to what they call down South, the 'scrubs.' We
had succeeded in raising, chiefly by my labor, sufficient
produce, as I thought, to justify me in taking it down the
river to sell.

'. 'After much persuasion, I got the consent of mother
to go, and constructed a little flatboat, large enough to
take a barrel or two of things that we had gathered, with
myself and little bundle, down to the Southern market.
A steamer was coming down the river. We have, you
know, no wharves on the Western streams; and the
custom was, if passengers were at any of the landings,
for them to go out in a boat, the steamer stopping and
taking them on board.

"I was contemplating my new flatboat, and wondering



whether I could make it strong or improve it in any par-
ticular, when two men came down to the shore in car-
riages with trunks, and looking at the different boats
singled out mine, and asked, 'Who owns this?' I an-
swered, somewhat modestly, 'I do.' 'Will you," said
one ol them, 'take us and our trunks out to the steamer?'
'Certainly,' said I. I was very glad to have the chance
of earning something. I suppose that each of them
would give me two or three bits. The trunks were put
on my flatboat, the passengers seated themselves on the
trunks, and I sculled them out to the steamboat .

'•They got on board, and I lifted up their heavy
trunks, and put them on deck. The steamer was about
to put on steam again, when I called out that they had
forgotten to pay me. Each of them took from his pocket
a silver half-dollar, and threw it on the floor of my boat.
I could scarcely believe my eyes as I picked up the
money. Gentlemen, you may think it was a very little
thing, and in these days it seems to me a trifle; but it was
a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely
credit that I, a poor bo3% had earned a dollar. The
world seemed wider and fairer before me. I was a more
hopeful and confident being from that time."


An Honest Boy — Young Lincoln "Pulls Fodder"
Two Dajs for a Damaged Book.

The following incident, illustrating several traits al-
ready developed in the early boyhood of Lincoln, is
vouched for by a citizen of Evansville, Ind." who knew
him in the days referred to:

In his eagerness to acquire knowledge, young Lincoln


had borrowed of Mr. Crawford, a neighboring farmer,
a copy of Weems' Life of Washington — the only one
known to be in existence in that region of the country.
Before he had finished reading the book, it had been left,
by a not unnatural oversight, in a window. Meantime a
rainstorm came on, and the book was so thoroughly wet
as to make it nearly worthless. This mishap caused him
much pain; but he went, in all honesty, to Mr. Crawford
with the ruined book, explained the calamity that had
happened through his neglect, and offered, not having
sufficient money, to "work out" the value of the book.

"Well, Abe," said Mr. Crawford, after due delibera-
tion, "as it's you, I won't be hard on you. Just come
over and pull fodder for me two days, and we will call
our accounts even."

The offer was readily accepted, and the engagement
literally fulfilled. As a boy, no less than since, Abraham
Lincoln had an honorable conscientiousness, integrity,
industry, and an ardent love of knowledge.


Little Lincoln Firing at Big Game Through the
Cracks of His Cabin Home.


While yet a little boy, one day when Lincoln was in
his cabin home, in what was then a wilderness in Indi-
ana, he chanced to look through a crack in the log walls
of the humble residence and espied a flock of wild tur-
keys feeding within range of his father's trusty rifle. He
at once took in the possibilities of the situation and ven-
tured to take down the old gun, and putting the long
barrel through the opening, with a hasty aim, fired into
the flock. When the smoke had cleared away, it was ob-


served that one of the turkeys lay dead on the field. This
is said to have been the largest game on which Lincoln
ever pulled a trigger, his brilliant success in this instance
having no power to excite in him the passion for hunting.


An Incident of Lincoln's Early Hardships and
Narrow Escape from Death.

A little incident occurred while young Lincoln lived in
Indiana, which illustrates the early hardships and sur-
roundings to which he was subjected. On one occasion
he was obliged to take his grist upon the back of his
father's horse, and go fifty miles to get it ground. The
mill itself was very rude, and driven by horse-power,
The customers were obliged to wait their "turn," with-
out reference to their distance from home, and then
use their own horse to propel the machinery. On this
occasion, Abraham, having arrived at his turn, fastened
his mare to the lever, and was following her closely upon
her rounds, when, urging her with a switch, and "cluck-
ing" to her in the usual way, he received a kick from her
which prostrated him, and made him insensible. With
the first instant of returning consciousness, he finished
the cluck, which he had commenced when he received
the kick (a fact for the psychologist), and with the next
he probably thought about getting home, where he ar-
rived at last, battered, but ready for further service.


Young Lincoln's Kindness of Heart — He Carries
Home and Nurses a Drunkard.

An instance of young Lincoln's practical humanity at


an early period of his life is recorded, as follows: One
evening, while returning from a "raising" in his wide
neighborhood, with a number of companions, he dis-
covered a straying horse, with saddle and bridle upon
him. The horse was recognized as belonging to a man
who was accustomed to excess in drink, and it was sus-
pected at once that the owner was not far off. A short
search only was necessary to confirm the suspicions of
the young men.

The poor drunkard was found in a perfectly helpless con-
dition, upon the chilly ground. Abraham's companions
urged the cowardly policy of leaving him to his fate, but
young Lincoln would not hear to the proposition. At
his request, the miserable sot was lifted on his shoulders,
and he actually carried him eighty rods to the nearest
house. Sending word to his father that he should not be
back that night, with the reason for his absence, he at-
tended and nursed the man until the morning, and had
the pleasure of believing that he had saved his life


Young Lincoln and His Books — Their Influence

on His Mind.

The books which Abraham had the early privilege of
reading were the Bible, much of which he could repeat,
^Esop's Fables, all of which he could repeat, Pilgrim's
Progress, Weems' Life of Washington, and a Life of
Henry Clay, which his mother had managed to purchase
for him. Subsequently he read the Life of Franklin and
Ramsey's Life of Washington. In these books, read and
re-read, he found meat for his hungry mind. The Holy


Bible, yEsop and John Bunyan — could three better books
have been chosen for him from the richest library ?

For those who have witnessed the dissipating effects of
many books upon the minds of modern children it is not
hard to believe that Abraham's poverty of books was the
wealth of his life. These three books did much to per-
fect that which his mother's teachings had begun, and to
form a character which, for quaint simplicity, earnest-
ness, truthfulness and purity has never been surpassed
among the historic personages of the world. The Life
of Washington, while it gave him a lofty example of
patriotism, incidentally conveyed to his mind a general
knowledge of American history; and the Life of Henry
Clay spoke to him of a living man who had risen to politi-
cal and professional eminence from circumstances almost
as humble as his own.

The latter book undoubtedly did much to excite his taste
for politics, to kindle his ambition, and to make him a
warm admirer and partisan of Henry Clay. Abraham
must have, been very young when he read Weems' Life
of Washington, and we catch a glimpse of his precocity
in the thoughts which it excited, as revealed by himself
in a speech made to the New Jersey Senate, while on his
way to Washington to assume the duties of the Presi-

Alluding to his early reading of this book, he says: "I
remember all the accounts there given of the battle fields
and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none
fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the
struggle here at Trenton, New Jersey. - * * I rccol*
lect thinking then, a boy even though I was, that there
must hrve been something more than common that those

24 Lincoln's stories and speeches.

men struggled for." Even at this age, he was not only
an interested reader of the story, but a student of motives.


Lincoln and His Gentle Annie — A Touching


The following interesting particulars connected with
the early life of Abraham Linclon, are from the Virginia i
(111.) Euqtiirer, of date March I, 1879:

John McNamer was buried last Sunday, near Peters-
burg, Menard County. A long while ago he was Assessor
and Treasurer of the county for several successive terms.
Mr. McNamer was an early settler in that section, and
before the Town of Petersburg was laid out was in busi-
ness at Old Salem, a village that existed many years ago
two miles south of the present site of Petersburg. Abe
Lincoln was then postmaster of the place, and sold
whisky to its inhabitants. There are old-timers yet liv-
ing in Menard who bought many a jug of corn-juice from
Old Abe, when he lived at Salem. It was here that
Annie Rutlege dwelt, and in whose grave Lincoln wrote
that his heart was burried. As the story runs, the fair
and gentle Annie was originally John McNamer's sweet-
heart, but Abe took a ' 'shine" to the young lady, and
succeeded in heading off McNamer, and won her affec-
tions. But Annie Rutlege died, and Lincoln went to
Springfield, where he some time afterwards married.

It is related that during the war a lady belonging to a
prominent Kentucky family visited Washington to beg for

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