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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon (interview)' 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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Notes.

Note from page 35: 1. Written out by WHH in the form of a letter and signed by Hanks.

Note from page 35: 2. Baptist supporters of the Parliamentary cause and of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

Note from page 35: 3. Heavy corrections on the original document make meanings sometimes difficult to ascertain.

Note from page 35: 4. Cf. testimony on pp. 95 — 96.

Note from page 36: 5. The confusion about the name of Lincoln's grandfather in this instance is probably that of WHH.

Note from page 36: 6. Silas is a mistake for Josiah.

Note from page 36: 7. Meaning $1.25 per acre.

Note from page 37: 8. Apparently a mistake for "she."

Note from page 37: 9. For another version of this story, see §16. Note that in the earlier account the name of Thomas Lincoln's antagonist is given as "Breckinridge" and the fight took place in Breckinridge County. Here the name is given as "Hardin," the fight taking place in Hardinsburg, the Breckinridge County seat.

Note from page 38: 10. $1.25.

Note from page 38: 11. A ferry connecting Kentucky with the Indiana side of the Ohio near the present town of Troy.

Note from page 38: 12. The Land Law of 1800 allowed the purchase of federal land on four years' credit at $2.00 per acre, and in 1804 the minimum allowable purchase was established at 160 acres. It appears that under the Act of March 2, 1821, Thomas Lincoln relinquished half of this original purchase, retaining 80 acres for which he was able to pay in full. See William E. Bartelt, "The Land Dealings of Spencer County, Indiana, Pioneer Thomas Lincoln," Indiana Magazine of History 87 (1991): 211 — 23.

Note from page 40: 13. Hanks seems here to be describing the homemade candles used for interior lighting.

Note from page 40: 14. Caret indicating interlineated note, "See 13," which seems to refer to further details on the death of Nancy Lincoln on page 13 of the manuscript.

Note from page 41: 15. David Ramsay, The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States in the War Which Established Their Independence; and First President of the United States (1807).

Note from page 41: 16. AL's sister.

Note from page 42: 17. Nicholas Pike, A New and Complete System of Arithmetic, Composed for the Use of Citizens of the United States (1788).

Note from page 42: 18. James Barclay, A Complete and Universal Dictionary on a New Plan . . . to Which Are Prefixed a Free Enquiry into the Origin and Antiquity of Letters . . . a New Compendious Grammar of the English Language; and to the Whole Is Added an Outline of Antient and Modern History (1774).

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon (interview)' 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=herndon035.html
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