Lincoln : Captain Cummings' Recollections of Honest Abe (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Lincoln: Captain Cummings' Recollections of "Honest Abe" Those were interesting days! Everybody felt as if he had a share and a responsibility in running 'our country. Slavery was a big question. People were divided on the Dred Scott decision and arguing over the Missouri Compromise. Our neighbors in the South were pressing State Rights. I wish every body today took as much interest in our country's problems as we all did then. But maybe times are different; it appears to me that the only time people concern themselves about how our country is run is along about election time, and even then they do more complaining than they do voting. But to go back to when I first met Lin coln. It was in 1836 or 1837, shortly after the Illinois State Legislature in which he was then a member had, under his leader ship, selected Springfield as the State Capital in place of Vandalia. Lincoln you know was living at a place called New Salem, a small village about 20 miles north of Springfield. When the State Capital came to Springfield Abe came to live here. He had been admit ted to the bar shortly before. You want to know what Lincoln looked like the first time I ever saw him? Well, I'll tell you. He had ridden to town on a borrowed horse, with no earthly property save a pair of old, worn-out saddlebags, which congive a man a name like that unless he earns it, and if ever a man deserved to be called Honest Abe - Lincoln was that man. Every time I look at a picture of Lincoln and see those many trouble-marks on his face, it seems to me I can trace the cause of each one. You see I knew all about many of his troubles from his first love affair with sweet Ann Rutledge, who was just 19 years old when Lincoln met her. Everybody liked Ann. She and Abe were engaged in 1835, but fate, as it sometimes does, stepped in, and Ann, Lincoln's first love, died Aug ust 25, 1835. Poor Lincoln, the death of Ann Rutledge was his first real great sorrow. For a time it affected his mind; he became melancholy, and his friends kept a close watch over him. He said to me one day, as we were sitting in his office in the White House during the war, Cummings, my heart is buried with Ann. He told me he really and truly loved that girl and continued, I think often of her now, then stopped, and a smile came over that careworn face as he sighed, I have loved the name oi Rutledge to this dav. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 104g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243188617
  • 9780243188611