Pioneers of Menard & Mason Counties
Including Personal Reminiscens of Abraham Lincoln & Peter Cartwright
By T.G. Onstot, 1902

How He Traded Horses

Page 66

When Mr. Lincoln was a lawyer in Illinois he and a certain judge got to bantering one another about trading horses and it was agreed that next morning at 9 o'clock they should make a trade - the horses to be unseen until that hour and no backing out under a forfeit of $25. At the appointed hour the judge came up leading the worst looking specimen of a horse ever seen in those parts. In a few minutes Mr. Lincoln was seen approaching with a wooden saw horse on his shoulder. Great shouts of laughter from the crowd were greatly increased when Mr. Lincoln, after surveying the judge's animal, sat down his saw horse and exclaimed: "Well, judge, this is the first time I ever got the worst of it in a horse trade."

Transcribed by:Brenda Hamilton Johnson



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