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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, J. Rowan. 'J. Rowan Herndon 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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69. J. Rowan Herndon to William H. Herndon.

Quincy August 16 1865

Friend Will

i Recieved yours of the 31st some Days since But have Been so Buisy Shiping Government Property to Stlouis that i have failed to Ancer untell this Date so you must excuse me for Delying in ancer to your first Qustion his habits was very study and as to the Books & Papers he Rad thay ware of such as he Could Borrow he had the use of such as i had shuch as the Life of Jeferson Washington Clay & Webster he Read all of histry that he Could Get hold of he had axcess to any Books that was in and arond the town of Salem for all Knew that he was fond of Reading Mr Benet able had a goold Lot of history Es.Quar Green Hill & Mackneel Merchats Mr Crisman Merchat all had a fare Lot of history and he had full axcess to any and all and Made Good use of them he also studed English Grammar and Read Some Law Such as Blaxton [1] and other Works on Contracts with the State Statu as to the News Papers he Read all that Came to the Plase the Congreshinal Globe Acts of Congress Legislator and the Louisville

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Journal Sangamon Journal Stlouis Republickin and papers that Came to the offisce as he had full axcess to the offisce as to his Readng he spent the time Mostly of Knights in Readng history and Day tim News Papers for he generly Read for the By standers when the male Come which was weekly he was the Great admier of Henry Clay he Set up Late & Rose Early when Nothing else ocipide his time he was Readng some work or paper he Rote Conciderable But whether it went to the paper or Knot i Cant say But i think it Did as i am shure i Red som of his Writing he scearsly ever went to Bed Befor 12 and was up By Day Light and often set up Later as to the 3 Qustin he was some times seting some times stading and some times on his Back and very would walk Down to the River Reading when he would Return the same way iff Commenced Reading any thing very intrusting he generly Put it through and he allways Remembered what he Red He frequntly wusd the Bible as to the 5 Qustion he was very fond of Eating and fond of the Good things But only & ordinary Eator Reagular to his Meals But was fond of fruit Nuts & allway Reacd for his sheer of such things as thay ware frequtly Brought to him by his friends he often took a strole to the Cuntry as he said for Refresh ment he generly took a Book with him or Brough one Back i think his object was to study and Be By himself and as to his to his Dress he was Rather Slouchy iff his Close ware whole & Clean he seemed to Be satisfied as he was only able to Dress in Common Cloths as to his habits and ways of Life he was fond of Company of Both sects fond of anectdotes always Geting some body to start one and then he was shure to Beet it shure he was fond of Exercise such as Jumping Rasling Paying Ball and all Kinds of funn But if there was any fiting about to Commence he would try to stop the furs But if fight thay must there must Be fareplay shone he was very fond of Childern and always willing to help the widow and orfats and atentive to the sick in fact he was a friend to all and all a friend to him i Believe that i have ancerd all of your Qustions to the Best of my ability yours truly

J. R. Herndon

NB Capt Josef Artis [2] Desiers that you should Write to him again to Know whether you have Got the Crrect date that Lincoln Came up the River with him Lincoln is a great favorite of his and he would Like to have his Name in the history you must Write to him i see Nat [3] Evry Day or so he very well thought of here By his friend he qute Study all sends ther Best Love to you and family

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2274 — 75; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:516 — 19

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, J. Rowan. 'J. Rowan Herndon 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=herndon091.html
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