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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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He didn't go to see the girls much. He didn't appear bashful, but it seemed as if he cared but little for them. Wasn't apt to take liberties with them, but would sometimes. He always liked lively, jovial company, where there was plenty of fun & no drunkenness, and would just as lieve the company were all men as to have it a mixture of the sexes. He was very agreeable in company and every body liked him. Was always full of life & of fun — always cheerful — always had a story to tell. Was very sociable & fond of visiting. Knew every man, woman & child for miles around. Was very fond of children. Was fond of cats — would take one & turn it on its back & talk to it for half an hour at a time. I never in my life saw him out of humor. He never got angry. Once when major Hill [2] was wrongly informed that Mr L had said something against his — H's — wife, the Major abused him a great deal for it — talking to Mr L very roughly & insultingly. Mr L kept his temper, — denied having said any thing against her. — told the Major that he had a very high opinion of her, and that if he knew any thing in the world against her it was the fact of her being his wife.

Mr L. was fond of wrestling, in which he excelled.

Renewing the offer of my poor services

Yours Truly
N W Branson

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2272 — 73; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:540 — 43

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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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