Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner, visits Garrison

Herndon, after visiting Garrison, says:  “I had imagined him a shriveled, cold, selfish, haughty man, one who was weak and fanatically blind to the charities and equities of life, at once whining and insulting, mean and miserable,  but I was pleasantly disappointed.  I found him warm, generous, approachable, communicative; he has some mirth, some wit, and a deep abiding faith in coming universal charity.  I was better and warmly received by him than by any man in Boston.”  (Source:  Robert Remini, in Portrait of America,  Stephen Oates)

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