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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Branson, N. W. 'N. W. Branson 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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68. N. W. Branson to William H. Herndon.

Petersburg Ill Aug 3. 1865.

Dear Sir

On conversing with Mr Short I have elicited the following additional facts in reference to Mr Lincoln

Mr L. used to tell Mr S. the following anecdote of himself. Once, when Mr L was surveying, he was put to bed in the same room with two girls, the head of his bed being next to the foot of the girls' bed. In the night he commenced tickling the feet of one of the girls with his fingers. As she seemed to enjoy it as much as he did he then tickled a little higher up; and as he would tickle higher the girl would shove down lower and the higher he tickled the lower she moved. Mr L would tell the story with evident enjoyment. He never told how the thing ended.

You can have the benefit of the above, even if your readers cannot.

Mr S. says Mr L was, in Salem times, an habitual reader of the St Louis Republican & the Sangamo Journal. He used to read a great deal, improving every opportunity, by day and by night. S. never knew of his reading a novel. History and poetry & the newspapers constituted the most of his reading. Burns seemed to be his favorite. S. had a copy of "The American Military Biography" [1] which he read a great deal. He read aloud very often; and frequently assumed a lounging position when reading. He read very thoroughly, and had a most wonderful memory. Would distinctly remember almost every thing he read. Used to sit up late of nights reading, & would recommence in the morning when he got up. He was not an unusually early riser — at least it was not considered early for country habits, though for the City it would be very early.

Mr L was very fond of honey. Whenever he went to S's house he invariably asked his wife for some bread & honey. And he liked a great deal of bee bead in it. He never touched liquor of any kind.

There was nothing of the poke about him. Whenever he went at any thing he went at it to do it. Whenever he walked with me, he would keep me in a trot all the time. Always put things through in a hurry. Was a fast eater, though not a very hearty one. Didnt sleep very much as he always sat up late.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Branson, N. W. 'N. W. Branson 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=herndon090.html
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