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568. Edward L. Pierce to William H. Herndon.

Milton Mass 27 Oct/89

My dear Sir.

Yours of 22 Oct is received.

I shall be happy to comply with your request.

Will you kindly return me my letter which will be my guide in rewriting — and you can mark with comments any points you wish more developed. I wrote it quite hastily, but suppose it covered most points.

My own guess, which perhaps I said before, is that he took the eastern trip with the consciousness of powers which he wished to try before a different audience — one as he thought more educated. I have thought this might be so when reading the opening passage at Worcester where he spoke.

Mr Winthrop does not recal why he came — thinks Mr Hudson of Mass M.C may have arranged for him. Mr L did not make much of an impression of Mr Winthrop [and?] the House.

I think I wrote you of Mr Lincolns speech for Wentworth for mayor at Chicago in Dec 1856. The Chicago Tribune probably reports it in part. Joseph Medill of Chicago — also probably Horace White of Evening Post New York would remember about it.

Yours very Truly
Edward L Pierce


P.S. I have since receiving yours found some notes I made two years ago about Mr L's visit to Mass. in 1848. our Mass Club (Republican) commemorated Mr L at one meeting — & I took that visit for my subject. John Conness, once senator from Cal — now a neighbor of mine spoke also on the same occasion. How soon do you contemplate a new edition!

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3620 — 21



1. Robert C. Winthrop (1809 — 94), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when AL was in Congress and later U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

2. Charles Hudson (1795 — 1881) had served with AL in Congress.

3. See §565.