Best Lincoln Stories Tersely Told
by J. E. Gallaher
Pub. in 1898

 

Two Good Stories.
 

At a cabinet meeting once the advisability of putting a legend on greenbacks similar to the In God We Trust legend on the silver coins was discussed, and the President was asked what his view was. He replied: If you are going to put a legend on the greenbacks I would suggest that of Peter and Paul: "Silver and gold we have not, but what we have well give you."

On another occasion when Mr. Lincoln was going to attend a political convention one of his rivals, a liveryman, provided him with a slow horse, hoping that he would not reach his destination in time. Mr. Lincoln got there, however, and when he returned with the horse he said: "You keep this horse for funerals, dont you?" "Oh, no," replied the liveryman. "Well, Im glad of that, for if you did youd never get a corpse to the grave in time for the resurrection."

 

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