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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Eddy, Frank Marshall. 'Frank Marshall Eddy 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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539. Frank Marshall Eddy to William H. Herndon.

Shawneetown, Ills March 21st 1888

Dear Sir:

I see from an edition in a late paper that you are revising your life of Abraham Lincoln and thinking that I can put you in remembrance or on the track of an old case decided in the Supreme Court, that will assist you if necessary in proving to mankind the noble nature of the great Martyr of Liberty.

The case I refer to was brought up in this — Gallatin Co by Major Samuel D. Marshall for an orphan girl by the name of Rebecca Daimwood, against Ex Sheriff John Lane her Guardian, to receive certain, lands sold by him for her maintenance. [1] Marshall gained the case in the circuit court, Lane appealed it. Marshall from some cause could not go to Springfield to attend to it, and wrote Abraham Lincoln to do so for him. Lane was full handed and employed 4 or 5 of the best Lawyers in the state — among them my father Henry Eddy a brother in law to Major Samuel D. Marshall. Lincoln alone beat them as the Record on the Supreme Court Docket will show.

Miss Daimwood in the mean time had married William Dorman a worthy but very poor young man. Neither he nor her ever expected to recover any of the land and the suit was brought by Marshall and finished by Lincoln, almost against their will. Marshall wrote Lincoln that Dorman wanted to pay him for his services. Lincoln wrote back that he made it a present to the young couple. Marshall did the same.

Dorman was a very strong Democrat but always voted for Marshall and named his youngest boy by Rebecca for him, and I have often heard him say that had his wife lived to have borne him another son he would have named it Abraham Lincoln. When Mr Lincoln ran for president in 1860 Dorman voted for him inspite of all his fellow democrats could say or do. It seemed odd to them, but he would

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say; "Lincoln & Marshall recovered my wifes Land and made me what I am and would not charge me a cent and I will vote and fight for them to show gratitude". I have heard about this from his lips many times, especialy in 1860 when Mr Lincoln first ran for president.

I merely mention the above that you may be enabled to find a record of the case on the Supreme Court Docket and from it get the date of the same as I have forgotten it — but think it was between 1840 and 49. not later than the latter, however.

I do not think there has been a greater man than Lincoln born since the star of Bethlehem piloted the shepherds to the manger.

Very Respectfully
Frank Marshall Eddy

P.S.
The first lecture I ever heard on Mr L. was by you in Rutledges Commercial College Spfld. in the winter of 1865 — 66. You admitted your inability to do him justice, but said enough to keep me awake all night — I know,

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3442 — 44

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Eddy, Frank Marshall. 'Frank Marshall Eddy 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=herndon652.html
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