Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Remarks to the Springfield Bar on the Retirement of James H. Matheny [1]

December 20, 1856

This is the first intimation I have had that any such meeting as this was intended. It takes me considerably by surprise, particularly as it might be expected that I am to say something. Much could be said of the man named in the resolutions, and of his public services. Indeed, much could be said, which, if said of other men, would be sheer flattery, whilst in respect to him it falls far short of the whole truth. That I have long esteemed Mr. Matheny as a man and a friend, is known to you all. But that I should mete out to you the full measure of his worth, I shall not now attempt to do. Besides, much of this has already been beautifully and graphically done by my friend Mr. Herndon. [2] Mr. Chairman, allow me in conclusion to say that I fully concur in all that has been said and done on this occasion.


[1]   Illinois State Journal, December 24, 1856.

[2]   Elliott B. Herndon presented resolutions which were adopted commending Matheny's services as clerk of the Sangamon County Circuit Court.