The Quincy Whig building was situated on the west side of Washington Square. Its second floor offices were often the center of activities for Quincy's Whig, later Republican, partisans and visiting political colleagues. When Andrew Johnston and Nehemiah Bushnell, both lawyers and loyal Whigs, established the newspaper in 1838, they followed the day's journalistic custom to be respectful of manners but to show no such courtesy for the political opposition. The Whig often bitterly opposed the Democratic message of the rival newspaper, The Quincy Herald.
Johnston received several letters from Lincoln from 1846-1847. "Friend Johnston," as Lincoln regularly addressed him, had acted as a literary advisor for others. While exchanging letters about poetry, Lincoln told Johnston he had written some poetry—-or "doggerel," as he called it—-about a return to Spencer County, Indiana, where he had grown up, where a classmate had become insane, and where his mother and sister were buried. Lincoln agreed to Johnston's request to publish the poetry and noted that he was "not at all displeased." The two poems, "My Childhood Home I see Again" and "The Maniac," appeared in the May 6, 1847, issue of the Quincy Whig. To avoid the risk of ridicule, Lincoln asked Johnston to publish his poetry anonymously. Johnston complied. "The Bear Hunt" was later published in the Richmond Evening News after Johnston returned to Virginia.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:26am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 635895 N 4421485|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93258333, -91.40956667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.955', W 91° 24.574'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 57.30" N, 91° 24' 34.44" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101 N 5th St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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