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Abraham Lincoln also frequented this adjacent room, sometimes returning after dinner to socialize. William Herndon recalled, "Lincoln would come into the room in a good humor, in one of his best moods, speak kindly and pleasantly to all, and say: 'You men sitting here so mum puts me in mind of a story.'

"The lawyers would say: 'What is the story, Lincoln? Come, tell it,' and tell it he would, and that story would suggest another, and so he would break up all reading, abstract, and brief business."

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