157. David Davis to William H. Herndon.
Washington Feb. 22. 
Mr Bancroft totally misconceived Mr Lincoln's character, in applying, "unsteadiness" & confusion to it
Bancrofts strictures on France & England were in wretched taste, yea, cowardly, because the Foreign ministers had been especially invited—I guess Lord Palmerston Snubbed Bancroft when he was in England—
The effect of Bancrofts Eulogy was felt to day, because the foreign ministers were invited to attend the memorial services in honor of Henry Winter Davis, & some of them replied that the treatment recd on the 12th forbid the acceptance of the invitation.
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2508— Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:318