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Friday, September 25, 2015

Honest Abe had a wicked uppercut.

One of Lincoln's earliest lawsuits involved his efforts to get a well-heeled defendant to return 10 acres of land to a destitute widow. The defendant filed an indignant and blustery response taking up many columns, to which Lincoln filed a much shorter rebuttal, ending with:

"In conclusion I will only say that I have a character to defend as well as Gen. Adams [the defendant], but I disdain to whine about it as he does."


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Be reasonably civil. Ire alloyed with reason is fine. But slagging the host gets you the banhammer.