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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, Archer G. 'Archer G. Herndon (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
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249. Archer G. Herndon (William H. Herndon Interview).

[September 28, 1866? [1]]

A. G. Herndon

Says — am from Virginia — The Customs & habits of Virginia we brought from England. — only partially So — We wanted — or found new uses adapted to our conditions &c — Our games were (5) fives — striking a ball up against a perpendicular wall — Say 30 feet high by 40 or 50 feet wide — We played long bullets [2] — We had an iron ball — weighing from 2 to 5 pounds and rolled it on the highway — in order to see who Could roll the limited distance in the least number of throws — We have raced it — Cock fought it. We played Cards — game Called all fours — ie Seven up [3] — We fox hunted it in the Mornings — fished — Sang Songs going to Corn Shucking [4] — niggers beat us — Sang of

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evening going to Corn shuckings — sung out — I have whip sawed [5] it in this City in 1823. — got one dollar per dy — Sawed 200 feet — got from 1.50 to 200 per hundred — 2 men to saw 200 feet. The virginians — of a good order or class read the best Brittish literature of the day and Studied Philosophy — &c — Old virginia boasted then as now of her integrity — honor — valor — power to rule [or] reign — Am too sick to talk more. 70 years of age —

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3920

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, Archer G. 'Archer G. Herndon (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=herndon355.html
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