198. Joshua F. Speed to William H. Herndon.
Louisville, 8 May 1866.
Yours of the 6th is at hand — You propound certain enquiries as to Mr. Lincoln's habits during his occupation of the White House.
I was never an inmate of the house and consequently can know nothing definite in answer to your queries.
I would say however, from my knowledge of him and of his habits, that he worked by no rule — Saw people at all hours — eat his meals irregularly — and did things as no other man than he ever or over could.
He was irregular in his habits of eating and Sleeping.
I remember asking him on one occasion, when he slept — his answer was — "just when every body else is tired out."
A minute answer to your enquiries could perhaps be better furnish by Nicolay than by any living man —
Your friend &c
J. F. Speed
Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:324