Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lincoln on lawyering, Part 2

Letter to William H. Grigsby on August 3, 1858

My dear Sir:

Yours of the 14th. of July, desiring a situation in my law office, was received several days ago. My partner, Mr. Herndon, controls our office in this respect, and I have known of his declining at least a dozen applications like yours within the last three months.

If you wish to be a lawyer, attach no consequence to the place you are in, or the person you are with; but get books, sit down anywhere, and go to reading for yourself.

That will make a lawyer of you quicker than any other way.

Yours Respectfully,

A. Lincoln

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