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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Abell, Elizabeth. 'Elizabeth Abell 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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with us at the time of her death it was a great shock to him and I never seen a man mourn for a companion more than he did for her he made a remark one day when it was raining that he could not bare the idea of its raining on her Grave that was the time the community said he was crazy he was not crazy but he was very disponding a long time I Think that was in the year 34 or 35 Mc Namars & Hills [1] I know nothing about. I lived on the hill on the bluff in 1836 & 37, in the log Cabin. as for his Christian habits he was truly a Christian not in the common term of Christianity now of days long face on Sunday and grind the poor on Monday but he was always doing good the same to day and to morrow I never heard him use a profain word drink a drop of spirits or chew tobacco in my life and he was neither eccentric or visionary, he was very sensitive and backward nothing rash about him and certainly he was the best natured man I ever got acquainted with he stayed at our house on the bluff when he was surveying all those Hills between us and Petersburg our oldest boy carryed the Chain for him when Lincoln would come in at night all ragged and scratch up with the Bryers he would laugh over it and say that was a poore mans lot I told him to get me a Buck skin and I would fix him so the Bryers would not scratch him he done so and I Foxd, his pants for him, if I could see you I could tell you a great many things I can talk better than I can write, your hand is a very difficult place for me to read all and that I could make out I have answered to the best of my knowledge it is very poorely done and I guess you will throw it by with a great many other letters,

your Friend
Mrs E Abell

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2999 — 3000

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Abell, Elizabeth. 'Elizabeth Abell 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=herndon556.html
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