“With Him Justice And Truth Were Paramount”

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With him justice and truth were paramount. If to him a thing seemed untrue he could not in his nature simulate truth. His retention by a man to defend a lawsuit did not prevent him from throwing it up in its most critical stage if he believed he was espousing an unjust cause. This extreme conscientiousness and disregard of the alleged sacredness of the professional cloak robbed him of much so-called success at the bar. He once wrote to one of our clients: “I do not think there is the least use of doing anything more with your lawsuit. I not only do not think you are sure to gain it, but I do think you are sure to lose it. Therefore the sooner it ends the better.”*

* Letter to H. Keeling, Esq., March 3, 1858, MS.  By William H. Herndon,Jesse W. Weik “Herndon’s Lincoln: A True Story of a Great Life” , Herndon-295-181-10-35

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