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373. John T. Stuart (William H. Herndon Interview).

[1865 — 66]

Lincoln was once a candidate under Filmore's admr for Comms of the Gen. land office — got Beat. Cyrus Edwards was a candidate — so was Justin Butterfield — Butterfield got it.

Filmore then offered Lincoln the Governorship of Oregon Territory — Jno. T. Stuart & Lincoln were at Tremont — or Bloomington — some one brought

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the news — Coaxed Lincoln to take it — Said he woud if his wife would consent. Refused to do So — Stuart told Lincoln he could soon return to the U.S. Senate from Oregon &c —

Mr Lovejoy went to Cooper institute in Feby 1862 or 3 — Lincoln was conservative — told the border States men So. (Write to Speed) The Preachers saw him — Said he did not intend to go Radical — Story conversation — a Popes Bull — Wrote the Proclamation before — Issued it Soon after — Knowing it was written and would be issued — Why did Speed come out — Radicals beat Lincoln —

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2249; Huntingont Library: LN2408, 2:198

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