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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Moore, Matilda Johnston. 'Matilda Johnston Moore (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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74. Matilda Johnston Moore (William H. Herndon Interview).

Sept 8th 1865 — at Mrs Lincolns House

Mrs More — once Mrs Hall [1] — once Miss Johnson —

I am the youngest Step Sister of A Lincoln — remember Coming from Ky — remember Ohio River — My Earliest recollection of Abe is playing — Carrying water about one mile — had a pet cat that would follow him to the spring — went to school about 2 miles or more — Abe was not Energetic Except in one thing — he was active & persistant in learning — read Everything he Could — Ciphered on boards — on the walls — read Robinson Crusoe [2] — the bible — Watts hymns [3] — . When father & Mother woud go to Church, they walked about 1 ½ miles — Sometimes rode — When they were gone — Abe would take down the bible, read a verse — give out a hymn — and we would sing — were good singers. Abe was about 15 years of age — : he would preach & we would do the Crying — sometimes he would join in the Chorus of Tears — One day my bro John Johnston caught a land terrapin — brought it to the place where Abe was preaching — threw it against the tree — crushed the shell and it Suffered much — quivered all over — Abe preached against Cruelty to animals, Contending that an ants life was to it, as sweet as ours to us — Abe read I think Grimshaws History of the U.S [4]

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and other books — Cant now remember what — Abe would go out to work in the field — get up on a stump and repeat almost word for word the sermon he had heard the Sunday before — Call the Children and friends around him — His father would come and make him quit — send him to work — Often Abe would make political speeches such as he had heard spoken or seen written &c — . He never forgot anything — was truthful, good to me — good to all — Once when he was going to the field to work I ran — jumped on his back — cut my foot on the axe — we said — "What will we tell Mother as to how this happened: I said I would tell her "I cut my foot on the axe" that will be no lie — said Lincoln, but it won't be all the truth — the whole truth — will it Tilda — Tell the whole truth and risk your Mother Abe seemed to love Every body and Every thing: he loved us all and Especially Mother — My Mother, I think has given Abes character well — I am about 50 years of age —

This was taken down by me from the lips of Mrs Moore at Mrs Lincoln's House as she Spoke it at the time — Done in the Presence of Mrs Lincoln and the family — including Col Chapman who took me out —

W H Herndon

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington D.C. W2317; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:156 — 57

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Moore, Matilda Johnston. 'Matilda Johnston Moore (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=herndon109.html
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