Davis, David

ALS from one Lincoln friend likely to another

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(1815-1886) Friend of and advisor to Lincoln, Associate Justice 1862-77. Wrote opinion for the court in Ex Parte Milligan that constitutional rights do not cease to exist in time of war. Resigned to become Illinois US Senator serving 1877-83 and President pro tempore 1881-83 (next in line to succeed Chester A. Arthur as President). 8 x 5 ALS "D Davis", 2pp (one sheet), Planter’s House, St. Louis, Feb. 25 (no year),to Whitney, possibly Henry C. Whitney. Davis will probably be in St. Louis until middle of following week “…as the winding up of a long commisison is like the winding up of a long Court – a good deal more to do at the end than you expected.” Davis invites Whitney to see him and asks him to pay the balance of his taxes if necessary and he will reimburse him from money in the Bank of Bloomington. HENRY CLAY WHITNEY (1831-1905) Illinois lawyer, close friend of Abraham Lincoln, and later a biographer of the president. In 1854 he moved to Urbana, Illinois and entered the practice of law. Around the time when he first appeared at the bar, Whitney met Lincoln and became one of his friends and political allies, helping him on the Illinois circuit. At the start of the Civil War, he was appointed Asst. Paymaster, holding office until 13 March 1865. After the War, he settled in Kansas, practiced law, engaged in politics, and edited a newspaper. Later he returned to Chicago, where he continued to practice law. He produced “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln” in 9 volumes, containing facsimiles of letters he had received from the president. He published a 2-volume 1892 biography of Lincoln, “Lincoln the Citizen” and “Lincoln the President”. He also published an 1892 account of his time with Lincoln in “Life on the Circuit with Lincoln.” He published a version of "Lincoln's Lost Speech" in McClure's in 1896. The speech was made at the Illinois State Republican Convention at Bloomington, May 29, 1856, said to have been Lincoln's finest.

Condition: Very good, mail fold
Type:Letter






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