Daily Story Pencil and Cooper Union

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Pencil and Cooper UnionLincoln Reading
[Reminded that during the Cooper Union speech he’d forgotten to remove the pencil he had placed behind his ear:] He said that his absent-mindedness on that occasion recalled to him the story of an old Englishman who was so absent-minded that when he went to bed he put his clothes carefully into the bed and threw himself over the back of his chair.

Russell H. Conwell, Why Lincoln Laughed, p. 16.
Emanuel Hertz, Anecdotes by & about Abraham Lincoln, p. 147.