As anyone who's completed grade U. History knows, Lincoln was a man who liked to tell a parable to explain whatever point he was trying to make at the time. As is the case here, he was often more effective that the most educated lawyers around him.
February "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil. photograph by Alexander Gardner. President Lincoln was just 56 years old when he was assassinated. Look what the Civil War did to him.
Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln
Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years! Unfortunately all our Presidents age, but this is amazing. I wonder if war Presidents age more.
Lincoln suit & hat:: Sometimes Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat was called was his "desk and memorandum book" and also sometimes his "filing cabinet". This was because he kept mail, his bankbook, important papers, etc.