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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Rowan, J. '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=herndon069.html


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51. J. Rowan Herndon to William H. Herndon.

Quincy July 3d 1865

friend William

i Recievd yours of the 26 June and have failed to ancer it untell this Moment for the Reason that we are Mustering out soldiers and i have Kept Buisy untell this Day you say the Litle Dog story is too good to Be Left out and you want Some moore of his indana storys you want to No some more about his Reading well he used to Read By fire light of Knigh in the Coopers shop and Read Every thing he got hold of that would improve his Mind as to his indanna storys he has told me many of them there is one that he told me about & old Babtist Preacher — the Meeting house was way off in the woods from any other house and was olly used once a month this Preacher was Dessed in Coars Linen Pants and shirt of the same Material the Pants was made after the old fashion with Bigg Bag Legs and But one Buton to the wastbone and 2 flap Butons No suspenders and the shirt had Comp Sleaves and one Buton on the Collar he Raised up in the Pulpit and took his tex thus i am the Crist whom i shall Represent to Day about this time one of these blu Lizerds or Scorpins Ran up his Legs the old man Began to slap away on his Legs But Missed the Lizerd and Kept Geting higher up he onbutend his Pants at one snach and Kicked off his pants But the thing keped onn up his Back the next Motion was for the Collar Buton of his shirt and off it went in the house was & old Lady took a good Look at him and said well iff you Represent Crist i am Done Beleaving in the Bible this aictdote he told somewhere in his speach in Reply to some of the opisit Canidtes whom had Represented them selves as something Extry there is many others that i could Mention But thay on the vulger order such as Pranks he used to Play off when going to mill he was once whilst Living in salem Clled on By one peter Lukins to Prove his Carector and standing as to the velidity of his oath the Atturny said Please state what you know as to the Carector of Mr Lukins as for truth & varasity well said Lincoln he is Called Lying Peat Lukins But said the Lawer would you Beleave him on oath he turned Round and said ask Esquirer Geen he has taken his testimony under oath Many times Green was asked the Qustion and ancerd i Never Beleave any thing he say unless some Body elce Swares the same thing Lincoln was a Canidte at the time his habis Customs and Manners was of a Drole Singular Pleasant Manner he applide himself Reding a greateal fond of Company and all that Knew him saut his Company for he was all Life and umor full of anect dotes would start one to get someone elce to follow But he was always Ready to Mach any that was told in fact he Comanded all the Respet from all Both Men and women you ask about him as Regard women thay all Liked him and liked then as well there was a Miss Rutlage i have Know Dout he would have Maried iff she had of Lived But Deth Prevented after i left there i am told that he Borded with Benett able the farthering Law of Nult Green i think that Mrs able Could aid you Considerabe she has a dauter that is thought to Be Lincolns Child thay favor very much Mrs able is a very smart woman Well educated

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and was of a Bigg & Welthy family in Ky i think thay Live at this time in Mason County there was a man that use to come to salem and get tight and stay untell dark he was fraid of Gosts and some one had to goe home with him well Lincoln Perswaded a fellow to take a Sheet and goe in the Rod and Perform Gost he then Sent an other gost and the man and Lincoln started home the Gost made his appearence and the man Became much fritend But the Second gost made hs appear[ance] and frightend the first Gost half to Deth that Broke the fellow from staying untell Dark anymore [1]

I must Close

Yours truly
J. R. Herndon.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2221 — 22; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:520 — 23

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Rowan, J. '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=herndon069.html
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