Lincoln Statue, New Salem State Park

Henry Dummer Remembers Lincoln

Henry Dummer, who was John Stuart's law partner from 1833 to 1837, recalled visits from Abraham Lincoln:

"Lincoln used to come to our office -- Stuart's and mine -- in Springfield from New Salem and borrow law books. Sometimes he walked, but generally rode. He was the most uncouth looking young man I ever saw. he seemed to have but little to say; seemed to feel timid, with a tinge of sadness visible in the countenance, but when he did talk all this disappeared for the time and he demonstrated that he was both strong and acute. He surprised us more and more at every visit."

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