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|Joani , just to finish the Michigan trail , My great grandfather didn't lay his rifle down then as he was in Libby prison and after that was mustered out due to illness.
We just read Lincoln at Cooper Union. Lincoln tells a tale about children and a snake in the bed. I don't have the book right in front of me and it is a long story. But basically he is using it to say at the time , the snake in bed with the children is okay but he will not put the snake in bed that his children are already in. He was using it to argue a point of leave slavery alone in the states where it exist but not introduce it where it doesn't already exist. I think I have mangled the quote. But get the book and read it It was a good one, the book I mean and the story.