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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lamar, John W. 'John W. Lamar 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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442. John W. Lamar to William H. Herndon.

Buffaloville Indiana May the 18/67 [1]

Der Sir

After My Respects I will Informe you that your letter of Oct 28th/66 Came to hand the other Day the Reason of the Delay of the Letter is that it was sent to the Rong post office you will Derect your letters if you wish to me as heded on this letter Buffaloville

Well Sir you make Some Inquiry about the life of Mr Lincoln I Do not no whither it is worth while to Rite as I supose you have got all the Information a bout the good man that I Can giv you long before this as I under stand you have ben in this part of the Contary and Visited Lincolns old nabors and I See your Corspondence with Mrs Crawford who has givven you more Information than I Can as She is older and abe worked for them you asked me how long I new abe before he left Indiana well I was about 10 yers old when Lincoln left her but I was but I was Boned and Rased in the Same Naborhood wher Lincoln lived in Indiana So you Can tel I Can Recolect abe a bout as far Back as aney boddy Else I

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Remember Verry Destinctley the first Time that I Remember Seeinge Lincoln I was a Small bowey and went with my father to Some Kind of a lection and one of our neer nabors by the name of James Larkins was thar and Larkins was a grate hand to Brag on his horse and he Steped up before abe in the Croud and Comenced talking to abe and Comenced Braging on his horse and Sed abe I have got the best horse in the County hare you yes I Run him five miles this morning in 4 minets and he never fetched a long breth I persume Sir he fetched a good maney Short ones Sed abe [2] Larkins Lerned to think that abe Did not appesiate his talk Verry well and was a bout to go a bord of abe, Lincoln Looked as if he Did not Cear and told Some Kind of a Joke that fit Larkinses Case and put the Croud in a uproar of Laftar and Larkins Dride up from that time tel this I wold of new him if he was liveing I have herd him Speake Some he lived in Springfield Ill he looked Some what Diferent in the way of Dress to what he Did when he left her but aney person that Ever was a quanted with him one wold Know him a gain thar was one thing about the man that aney Boddy Cold See and that is he was Determied to make Som thing of him Self tho pore and hard to liv Thar is one thing that I will Speak of Rite her the old man Lincoln had a old Grey horse and he was not able to plow as mutch as abe was and abe while the horse Rested had his paper pen and ink out in the field and made use of the time while the horse Rested he all ways put in the time to a good advantage I have a peace of furniture in My house that abe and his father Sawed out by hand with a whip Saw the house Caut fire and Burned one Corner off I have though Several times that I wold Send it out to Springfield aney infermation I Can giv you if not to late I will be happey to Do So free of Cost I will Send your Stampe back as I think it is my Duty to do So

yours Truley
John. W. Lamar [3]

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3008 — 9

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lamar, John W. 'John W. Lamar 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=herndon559.html
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