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In one of his first attempts to run for political office Lincoln was given $200 by the Whig Party to cover his election expenses. He won the election and then promptly returned all the money he had not spent on the election, $199.25. He explained, that he had traveled on his own horse, and stayed at the homes of his friends. He said, "My only outlay was 75 cents for a barrel of cider which some farm hands insisted that I treat them to." Lincoln illustrated Jesus teachings in the Sermon on the Mount when He said let your yes be yes & your no, no. (Reader’s Digest, February, 1959, P 252)

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