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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Turnham, David. 'David Turnham 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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408. David Turnham to William H. Herndon.

Dale Ind Dec 17th 1866

Dear Sir

Yours of the 1st inst is at hand, Contents noted. I am as ever willing to give any assistance in my power. 1st Question, I would say that, While Abe was in Indiana he was or seemed to be always cheerful and happy. I never discovered any Sadness or Melancholy in his appearance. 2nd Question, So far as his being accustomed to deep thoughtfulness and lost in reflection. He never was but on the Contrary was always quickwitted and ready for an answer. 3rd Questions. He was apt to be talking about what he had read and would Sometimes quote nice pieces of Prose & Poetry to his associates 4th. In my first acquaintance with him in the year 1819 I discovered in him that wit and humor. He was then about ten years old. This lively and jesting disposition seemed to be natural with him and continually growing on him 5th Abe was by no means lazy Saucy or insolent, neither was he forward but rather timid and not Sensitive. 6th When in Company with Men & Women he was rather backward but with the Boys, he was always cheerful and talkative. He did not Seem to seek the Company of the girls and [when abou]t them was rather backward. His Conduct toward all Persons was kind, and modest. 7th He was not a noisy nor fighting boy but always peaceable, and quiet. I Scarcely ever knew him out of humor. In regard to dates. This was his Conduct all the time he was in this state, I can think of nothing more of interest to write.

Your friend as ever
David Turnham
by Jno. J. Turnham

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2903 — 4

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Turnham, David. 'David Turnham 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=herndon518b.html
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