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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Chapman, Augustus, H. 'Augustus H. Chapman 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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94. Augustus H. Chapman to William H. Herndon.

Charleston Ills. Oct 8th 1865.

Dear Herndon,

Yours dated the 1st came to Hand two days since. I did not coppy the Quotation from Mr Lincolns Coppy Book but got it from Johnston [1] who said it was word for word as in coppy Book. I succeeded in getting hold of the coppy Book last evening & find that Johnston Lied to me. I find the extract in question in three places in the coppy Book all exactly alike & read as follows word for word — Abraham Lincoln his hand and Pen, He will be good but god Knows when.

In one place the following lines follow word for word,

Time what an empty vapor tis
And days how swift they are
Swift as an Indian arrow
Fly on like a Shooting star
The present Moment Just is here
Then Slides away in haste
That we can never say theyre ours

But only say they are past. [2] word for word & spelled exactly as in coppy Book. Farmington is the name of the Little town we passed through. It is 7 Miles South of Charleston, one Mile north of the Lincoln farm & one & a ½ miles East of the

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Chapman, Augustus, H. 'Augustus H. Chapman 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=herndon135b.html
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