Clipping:A version of the Lincoln nomination story

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Date Saturday, February 7, 1880

In 1860, when a committee from Washington called upon the late lamented Lincoln to ascertain whether he would accept the nomination for the Presidency, they found him in an open field near Springfield, Ill., engaged in playing a match game of baseball. He was the captain of one of the clubs, and so interested was he in the success of his side that he did not notice the approach of the gentlemen composing the committee until they were close upon him. When they made known their errand, Lincoln dropped his bat, and, with astonishment depicted on his countenance, turned to them and asked if they thought he was a fool. Only receiving a negative reply, together with the assurance that it was the people's earnest desire that he should become their standard-bearer, he remarked complacently that if he was not a fool the people were, and, turning away, he was soon oblivious to everything about him except the game of baseball.

Source New York Clipper
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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