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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Brooks, S. S. 'S. S. Brooks to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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41. S. S. Brooks to William H. Herndon.

Quincy, Ill., June 26th, 1865.

Dear Sir:

Yours of the 26th was received yesterday, and in reply to your inquiries I would say that, according to my recollection, Hooper Warren published the first newspaper ever printed in Springfield. [1] Politically it was opposed to the administration of Gen. Jackson, who was then President. It had but a brief career. I am unable to state in what year it was published, but it must have been in 1829 or 1830 I do not remember its title.

The second newspaper appeared soon after the discontinuance of Mr. Warren's paper, and was entitled the "Illinois Courier." It was published by a Mr. Meredith, and lived but a short time. It was published in 1831, but the date of its commencement or discontinuance I do not remember. I am not certain but that Warren and Meredith were in partnership in the publication of the "Courier." Your father, Elijah Iles, Esq. Col. John Williams, and others of the oldest citizens of Springfield, can probably give you more definite and correct information with regard to these papers than I can, as I did not remove to Springfield until after the "Courier" was discontinued

The third paper published in Springfield was issued by me in October 1831, Edward Jones, Esq. being for a short time a partner with me, and was discontinued in the fall of 1833. It sustained the administration of Gen. Jackson. It was called the "Illinois Herald".

The publication of the "Sangamo Journal" was commenced three or four weeks after the first issue of the "Herald." Simeon Francis, Esq., was the editor and publisher. With its subsequent history I presume you are familiar.

I am not certain whether the "State Register" was removed from Vandalia to Springfield in 1830 or in 1840, but think it was in '39, preparatory to the printing for the session of the winter of '39 — 40. — Mr. Weber or Mr. Lanphier can advise you correctly on that point.

I have thus given you all the information in reply to your inquiries that I can recollect. Should my memory hereafter recall any thing of importance to you connected with the publication of any of these papers, I will take pleasure in communicating it to you

Respectfully Yours &c
S. S. Brooks, Sen

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2211 — 12; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:440 — 41

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Brooks, S. S. 'S. S. Brooks to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon059.html
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