By William H. Herndon, Douglas L. Wilson, Rodney O. Davis
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Weik, a young man from Greencastle, Indiana. The son of a German immigrant and graduate of what would become DePauw University, Weik was hoping to begin a career as a writer, and the subject that most appealed to him was his idol, Abraham Lincoln. ”22 Before another year was out, Herndon and Weik had drawn up a contract as collaborators on a biography of Lincoln, for which Herndon was to provide most of the substance and Weik was to do the organization, editing, and composition. 23 To the authors’ dismay, their publisher printed only fifteen hundred copies of the biography, precisely the number for which their contract specified that they would receive no royalties, and promptly went bankrupt.
Congress was then in the process of remitting a fine of $1,000 that Andrew Jackson had paid in 1815 for defying a court order at the time of the battle of New Orleans. 11. Stephen A. Douglas, also an Illinois member of Congress. 12. South Carolinian George McDuffie authored a congressional report in 1830 favoring the rechartering of the Bank of the United States. 13. Orestes Brownson, who had previously edited the Democratic Review, had just begun editing the pro-Catholic Brownson's Quarterly Review.
The National Democrats are fighting in the Still—on the sly, as we say west. 3 Shutt told Lincoln that the Chicago Times was injuring the Democracy, because it took too high abolition grounds: that the Democracy could not defend it in its assaults on the South; and that the Times was otherwise doing them harm. What he meant of this last expression I do not know. There is to be a National Democratic paper Started here in a few days, and it is said by those who ought to know that it will be conducted with Energy and ability.