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284 Ohio Arch

284       Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications

nished, containing only a rickety table, a broken chair and a

dusty bookcase. There was of course no carpet. Then there

was an old red plush lounge which would now hardly be con-

sidered good enough for kindling wood. That law office was

certainly a contrast to the mahogany furnished law offices of the

present day."

When Lincoln was elected president, that companionship

between Robert Lincoln and McMullan and the latter's intimacy

with the Lincoln family naturally ended, because the Lincolns

"moved away over east to Washington," said McMullan with a


When 17 years of age, McMullan joined Company B, 32nd

Ohio Regiment, and participated in 29 battles, including the

famous siege of Vicksburg. He was captured and confined in

Andersonville Prison for 11 months. He was finally paroled

and before his parole period expired the war ended.

"I do not have to be told that Lincoln was one of the best

friends this Nation and its citizens ever had," said McMullan.

"I know it and so do my two brothers who were members of

the Confederate Army. I often heard them say that Lincoln

was the best friend the South ever had and we, of the North,

know quite well that he was one of the best we ever had."






By reference to page 95, it will be seen that a part of

Abraham Lincoln's speech at Cincinnati in 1859 was

omitted from   the report.  His speech is generally, al-

most invariably, published with this omission.     In the

Life of Abraham Lincoln by W. D. Howells, published

in Columbus in 1860, the Cincinnati speech is included

with this prefatory note:


The following speech is here reproduced, with the insertion

of Mr. Lincoln's view upon labor and the ability of the laborer

to become an employer. These were omitted in the first report,

and the passages are supplied by the reporter for the present