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tucky; to Judge S. T. Logan, Hon. Jesse K. Dubois, Rev. A. Hale, and Hon. Erastus Wright, old neighbors and friends of Mr. Lincoln in Illinois; to Rev. J. T. Duryea, of New York; and George H. Stuart, Esq., of Philadelphia. To these, and to the unnamed but not forgotten friends who have aided me, I return my hearty thanks.
Putnam's “Record of the Rebellion” has proved itself an inexhaustible fountain of valuable and interesting facts; and I have been much indebted to McPherson's History of the Rebellion, the best arranged and most complete collection of public documents relating to the war that has been published. I have freely consulted the campaign biographies of Messrs. Scripps, Raymond, and Barrett, to the excellence of which ] bear cheerful testimony. Among other books that have been useful to me, are Nichols' “Story of the Great March," Coggeshall's “ Journeys of Abraham Lincoln,” Schalk's
Campaigns of 1862 and 1863," and Halsted's “Caucuses of 1860.” Carpenter's “Reminiscences,” published in the New York Independent, and an article by Noah Brooks in Harper's Magazine, have furnished me also with some very interesting materials.
Hoping that the volume will be as pleasant, instructive and inspiring in the reading as it has been in the writing, I present it to my indulgent friends, the American people.
J. G. H.
SPRINGFIELD, MAss., November, 1865.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Marriages in Thomas Lincoln's Family-Marriage and Death of Abraham's Sister-
Removal of Thomas Lincoln to Illinois-Difficulties of the Journey-Abraham as-
Black Hawk-His 'Treachery-Governor Reynolds calls for Volunteers-Lincoln enlists
-He is chosen Captain--His Popularity with the Soldiers-Forced Marches
CHARACTER OF MR. LINCOLN ON ENTERING PUBLIC LIFE.
Mr. Lincoln becomes a Law-partner of Major Stuart, and removes to Springfield-Re-
elected to the Legislatuye in 1838—Political Parties in Illinoism Mr. Lincoln's Stories
MR. LINCOLN'S MARRIAGE.—THE CLAY CAMPAIGN.
MR. LINCOLN IN CONGRESS.--THE MEXICAN WAR.
arge Majority-His fitness for the Position-The old Whig Party and the Mexican
the Whig Convention of 1848-Advocates the nomination of General Taylor-Speech
Mr. Lincoln returns to the Practice of his Profession--His Affection for his Children
His Absent-mindedness--He Studies Euclid-His Mechanical Skill-Anecdotes il-
CONTEST FOR THE SENATORSHIP.
Mr. Douglas opposes the Lecompton Constitution—Democratic State Convention-
State of the Country in 1860--Southern Leaders Preparing for Secession-Knights of the
Golden Circle-Church and Press at the South--Cobb and Floyd-Opinions at the
-Breckinridge nominated by the Fire-eaters, and Douglas by the regular Democratie