Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Annotation

[1]   Sangamo Journal, October 7, 1842. For the circumstances connected with this aftermath of the Shields-Lincoln duel, see Lincoln's letter to Speed, October 5, 1842.

[2]   The final note of several exchanged between six A.M. and seven P.M. on October 4. Lincoln was now acting as ``friend'' of Dr. Merryman, with about as much success as Merryman had had when their roles were reversed. The note denied Whiteside's ``right to name time and place'' and specified Louisiana, Missouri, ``on Friday next.'' Whiteside refused to receive the note and Lincoln's first statement covers what passed between them verbally. Lincoln's second statement covers the verbal message which Merryman then requested him to deliver to Whiteside. Being unable to agree upon a meeting place, Whiteside and Merryman did not consummate their reluctant desires.