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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Warner, Stephen M. 'Stephen M. Warner 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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541. Stephen M. Warner to William H. Herndon [1].

Centralia, Ills. April 5" 1888

Dear Sir.

I understand that you are writing the "Life of Lincoln". A little instance happened at the State fair, held in Central City (one & a half miles north of this place) in 1858 to which I was an Eye witness.

I was attending the fair, & when I learned that Lincoln was on the ground, I had a great desire to see him, & hear him talk. So for some time, I kept close enough to him, to hear him talk: after spending some time, I left to take in the other attractions. Had gone but a short distance when I met James McKee [2] (father of Gen. G. C. McKee [now?] of Jackson Miss. & who for two terms was a representative to Congress from that state. & P.M. when Cleveland came into office.) James McKee was a noted abolitionist, and when I met him, I said to him, did you know that Lincoln was on the ground: "No, where can I find him". I said, come with me, & I will show you. In a short time I came where he was, surrounded by a group of gentlemen. We stood a short distance from them, looking up to Lincoln. When Lincoln spied, or saw Mr McKee (We always called him "Uncle Jimmy") he at once, stepped out from those about him, & reached out his hand, grasping McKees hand so earnestly, & said, "Why is this you, You that founded Joliet. what are you doing down in Southern Illinois"

This may be of no use to you, but I trust you will excuse me for troubling you, but I could not suppress my desire I had to add my testimony, to the many others showing how from the goodness of his heart, he never forgot his old friends, Even

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though in the lower walks of life. Should you wish to know more of James McKee, or myself, I refer you, to Hon. G. A. Sanders of your City.

Respectfully
S. M. Warner

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3445 — 47

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Warner, Stephen M. 'Stephen M. Warner 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=herndon654.html
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