Even as early as 1852 Lincoln had acquired a reputation for story telling. When not busy during the session of the court he was "habitually whispering stories to his neighbors, frequently to the annoyance of Judge Davis, who presided over the Eighth circuit." If Lincoln persisted too long the judge would rap on the chair and exclaim: "Come, come, Mr. Lincoln; I canít stand this! There is no use in trying to carry on two courts. I must adjourn mine or yours, and I think you will have to be the one." As soon as the group had scattered the judge would call one of the men to him and ask: "What was that Lincoln was telling?"
In his law practice Lincoln seems to have been singularly conscientious, his first effort being to try to avoid litigation. Nor would he assume a case that he felt was not founded upon right and justice.