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selections with bracket “first-person- wording” are from an interview of
presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, by John L. Scripps of the Chicago
Press and Tribune]
appointed postmaster at New Salem--the office being too insignificant to
make my politics an objection.
. . . Out of a job, I went to work
for general-store-owner Samuel Hill. Hill sold whiskey and was the town
postmaster. However, the townspeople felt that I could be a better
postmaster. At the time my ambition was growing. On May 7, 1833, I placed
a five-hundred-dollar bond, and became postmaster.
I was not paid much for
splitting rails, helping at the mill, and being an assistant surveyor. In
fact in the three years as postmaster, I was not paid more than two hundred
In addition, my mailing route was huge. I helped out people who
could not afford to pay their mail bills. In one instance, I was turned in
by a friend and fined ten dollars for delivering unpaid mail.
On May 30, 1836, I
resigned as postmaster.” A. Lincoln--- Scripps Interview