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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar 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=herndon420.html


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Notes.

Note from page 420: 1. President Andrew Johnson (1808 — 75).

Note from page 420: 2. A reference to Johnson's former career as a tailor.

Note from page 420: 3. "Sic a wife as Willie had, / I wad na gie a button for her" is the refrain from the Robert Burns poem "Willie Wastle." "Weel done, Cutty Sark!" is the spontaneous cry that gives away the hero of Burns's "Tam O'Shanter."

Note from page 420: 4. Alexander Pope's translation of Homer and his long poem "An Essay on Man"; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's satiric novel Don Quixote.

Note from page 421: 5. Probably refers to a conversation between WHH and McNamar.

Note from page 421: 6. Robert Burns.

Note from page 421: 7. These verses are not identified.

Note from page 421: 8. Milton B. Harrison.

Note from page 421: 9. Charles R. Matheny (1786 — 1839), a Methodist preacher and father of AL's friend James H. Matheny.

Note from page 421: 10. Probably Jason Duncan.

Note from page 421: 11. An allusion to Robert Burns's poem "Tam O'Shanter."

Note from page 421: 12. Marginal note in McNamar's hand, referring to the last several lines: Pardon & correct Blunders.

Note from page 422: 13. A fictional clergyman created by the British satirist William Combe and the artist Thomas Rowlandson.

Note from page 422: 14. Presumably a reference to the Latin proverb "Ne sutor supra crepidam," translated as "Let the shoemaker stick to his last."

Note from page 422: 15. Possibly a reference to John M. Berry, Lectures on the Covenants, and the Right to Church Membership, with Other Subjects: To Which Is Added an Appendix (Louisville: By the author, 1849).

Note from page 422: 16. First Families of Virginia.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar 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=herndon420.html
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