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Examples of Nasby
Mr. Lincoln's flow of humor was a sparkling spring, gushing out of a rock-the flashing water had a somber background which made it all the brighter.
Mr. Lincoln's anecdotes were all so droll, so original, so appropriate and so illustrative of passing incidents, that one never wearied.
Henry J. Raymond, the famous New York editor, thus tells of Mr. Lincoln's fondness for the Nasby letters: "It has been well said by a profound critic of Shakespeare, and it occurs to me as very appropriate in this connection, that the spirit which held the woe of Lear and the tragedy of "Hamlet" would have broken had it not also had the humor of the "Merry Wives of Windsor" and the merriment of the "Midsummer Night's Dream.
The hope of reward was effectual for awhile in securing silence, but, boylike, "Tad" soon forgot his promise, and was as noisy as ever.
TELLS AN EDITOR ABOUT NASBY.
The capacity to tell and enjoy a good anecdote no doubt prolonged his life.