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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed (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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Notes.

Note from page 474: 1. See below for another segment of this letter, beginning "Speed saw the letter," intended to be inserted here. For an explanation of why it is given separately, see p. 477, note 7.

Note from page 474: 2. Lincoln went crazy . . . in 1840 is written in the margin, with the insertion point indicated by carets.

Note from page 474: 3. The Northern Cross Railroad began building at Meredosia, Morgan County, Illinois, in 1838 and did not reach Springfield until 1842.

Note from page 476: 4. Messr Douglas . . . Decr. 1839. is written in the margin, with the insertion point indicated by carets.

Note from page 476: 5. James Speed (1812 — 87), the elder brother of Joshua F. Speed, served as attorney general under AL.

Note from page 476: 6. Lincoln Said . . . a story is written in the margin, with the insertion point indicated by carets.

Note from page 477: 7. Speed saw the letter . . . got together somehow. This passage, written on a separate sheet, is WHH's attempt to expand on what, in writing out his interview with Speed, he had first put down about AL's engagement to Mary Todd. A caret at the point early in the narrative where WHH first wrote Speed saw the letter and the striking of these same words clearly indicate the point at which WHH intended that this passage be inserted. It is given separately here in the interest of chronological clarity. Because it inadvertently carries the story far beyond the conversation between Lincoln and Speed, inserting the entire passage at the place indicated (as the Springer transcription does) has the effect of seriously disrupting the chronology of events, particularly when the text reverts to the original version of Speed's testimony. For a reconstruction of this testimony in chronological order, see Wilson, 102 — 3.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed (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=herndon474b.html
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