534. Henry C. Whitney (Statement for William H. Herndon).
When Thurlow Weed opposed Montgomery Blair for the Cabinet, Lincoln asked him whom he s[hould] appoint. He replied, "Henry Winter Davis."
And he then told a story of a witness in a neighboring County, who, on being asked his age, replied "Sixty." Being satisfied that he was much older, the Judge repeated the question; and on receiving the same answer, admonished the witness, saying the Court Knew him to be much older than sixty: "Oh!" said he; "Your'e thinking about that fifteen years that I lived down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: that was so much lost time and don't count."
Billy — you will find the above in Thurlow Weeds autobiography:
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4003