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Muzzle Loading Rifle To Joshua F. Speed

“I shall be at Chicago … could you not meet me there?” After his was elected president in November 1860, Abraham Lincoln set about the difficult task of creating a cabinet. Looking to one of his oldest and dearest friends, Joshua Speed, he asked if he and his wife might join Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in Chicago. Joshua Speed later declined any invitation to be part of Lincoln’s cabinet, because they had grown apart politically, but in 1864 his brother James Speed became Lincoln’s Attorney General.