Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant.
The job didn't support Lincoln completely or require his full-time attention, so he also performed odd jobs such as rail splitting and began work as a land surveyor.
Lincoln kept his postal receipts in an old blue sock hidden in a wooden chest, according to Harvey Ross, whose father held the contract for the mail route going through New Salem. Lincoln's salary as postmaster depended on the amount of receipts of his office.
When Lincoln was asked for the remaining funds from his postmaster account, the money was still in the sock.
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