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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Bell, Elizabeth Herndon. 'Elizabeth Herndon Bell (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon605.html


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498. Elizabeth Herndon Bell (William H. Herndon Interview) [1].

[March 1887 [2]]

Lizzie Herndon Bell

I am the daughter of Mentor Graham — am 55 years old — Born near New Salem 1833 — Knew Mr Lincoln well — he was frequently at my fathers house — lived about ½ mile from New Salem — . Fanny Bails had a quilting at the request of Lincoln in New Salem — Ann Rutlidge was there — An Rutledge I think had her Eye on Hill — more than on Lincoln — don't think that Ann Rutledge was absolutely Engaged to Lincoln though She sent for him during the last sickness — At the quilting Fanny Bailes had her eye on Lincoln and Lincoln had his Eye on Ann — To make Ann a little more attentive to Lincoln he L seemed to go for Miss Bails — . Miss B stuck a neadle in her finger — Lincoln pulled it out. Lincoln quilted on the quilt a line or two The quilt is wore out. Lincolns acts nettled Ann to a kind of jeolesy. Ann paid him back in his own Coin — Lincoln would ask my mother if he should marry this or that woman. Lincoln & Ann had a fly up, but on her deathbed she sent for Lincon & all things were reconciled. McNamar returned before the death of Ann — McNamar would not marry Ann because she flirted with Lincoln — I was simple a child in 1835 — 6 and don't Know much of my own knowledge only heard people talk

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3842

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Bell, Elizabeth Herndon. 'Elizabeth Herndon Bell (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon605.html
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