353. Turner R. King (William H. Herndon Interview).
McLain Station McL. Co [1865 — 66]
Turner R. King
I Came to Ills in Dec 1840 — Knew Lincoln as Early as 1840 — & 1841. In March 1841 I used to see Mr. Lincoln — hanging about — moody — silent & &c. The question in his mind was Have "I incurred any obligation to marry that woman". He wanted to dodge if he could. Douglass
Lincoln took his seat in Congress in 1847. Mr Lincoln had me appointed Register of the land office. I was then a resident of Tazewell Co — came to Springfield
In his political Speeches he was candid — fair — honest — Courteous — and [manly?] to his opponent. He stated his propositions Candidly — Clearly — He required to be Kicked — roused to be at himself —
I don't think Mr Lincoln approved in toto the Compromis —
Once I hired him in a trial. The opposite Atty spoke sharply: Mr Lincoln looked at him Keenly sharply — for an instant — Crushed his anger and Inquired who that man was. Lincoln could not & would not bear insolence &c from no man.
Lincolns wife was a hellion — a she devil — vexed — & harrowed the soul out of that good man — wouldn't Cook for him — drove him from home &c — often & often —
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3959; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:172 — 73