Apparently Lincoln was quite the jokester and humorist in his day. It is stated that Lincoln was much disgusted at the crowd of officers who sometime ago used to loiter about the Washington hotels, and he is reported to have remarked to a member of Congress:
“These fellows and the Congressmen do vex me sorely.”
Another member was conversing with the president, and was somewhat annoyed by the president’s propensity to divert attention from the serious subject he had on his mind by ludicrous allusions. “Mr. Lincoln,” said he, “I think you would have your joke if you were within a mile of hell.”
“Yes, sir, that is about the distance to the Capitol” came the reply.