On the front porch of his little country store in Illinois, a small businessman stood with his partner. Business was all gone, and the partner asked, "How much longer can we keep this going?"
owner answered, "It looks as if our business has just about winked out."
Then he continued, "You know, I wouldn’t mind so much if I could just
do what I want to do. I want to study law. I wouldn’t mind so much if we
could sell everything we’ve got and pay all our bills and have just
enough left over to buy one book--Blackstone’s Commentary on English
Law, but I guess I can’t."
At that moment a strange-looking wagon
came up the road. The driver drove it up close to the store porch, then
looked at the owner and said, "I’m trying to move my family out west,
and I’m out of money. I’ve got a good barrel here that I could sell for
The businessman’s eyes went along the wagon and
came to the wife looking at him pleadingly, her face thin and emaciated.
He slipped his hand into his pocket and took out, according to him,
"the last fifty cents I had" and said, "I reckon I could use a good
All day long the barrel sat on the porch of that store.
The partner kept chiding the owner about it. Late in the evening the
businessman walked out and looked down into the barrel. He saw something
in the bottom of it, papers that he hadn’t noticed before. His long
arms went down into the barrel and, as he fumbled around, he hit
something solid. He pulled out a book and stood dumbfounded: it was
Blackstone’s Commentary on English Law.
That businessman was Abraham Lincoln. Chance or Providence?
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