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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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Grave Yard where Thos Lincoln is buried. Farmington, The Lincoln Farm & the Grave yard are all in Coles Co. I hardly Know how to write you a description of Mr Lincolns visit to his Mother before he Started to Washington in 1861 as there was so much excitement here & such a crowd around him all the time but I will give you the facts as near I can recollect them & you can write out to Suit yourself. Mr Lincoln Left Springfield about the lst day of February 1861 on Monday Morning to visit his relations & Friend here. He was accompanied by the Hon Thos. A. Marshall State Senator for this senatorial District & a resident of this place. (The Legislature was in Session at that time) The weather was very cold & they failed to make Rail Road connections with passenger Train at Mattoon but came from that place to Charleston on a Frt Train arriving [here] about 9 o clock PM. They went to the residence of Mr Marshall. It soon became Know in town that Mr Lincoln had arrived & hundreds, called to See him. He was also serenaded by the Brass & Strings Band of the Town but declined making a Speech. The next morning early, he went up to His Coz. Dennis F Hanks. Again the House was crowded by those that were anxious to see him. After breakfast Mr Lincoln and my self got into a two Horse Buggy and started down to the Southern part of the County to see his Step Mother who was at that time at the residence of her Daughter Mrs Moore who resided at that time in Farmington. We had much difficulty in crossing Kickapoo a Little Stream 3 Miles South of Charleston on act of the Ice in the stream. We finaly succeeded in crossing it all safe & in a Short time arrived at Farmington. The Meeting between Mr Lincoln and his Step Mother was very affectionate. After resting there a short time we proceeded to the residence of John Hall on the old Lincoln Farm & from there to the grave of his Father. Mr Lincoln said he intended to have the grave enclosed and suitable Tomb Stones erected over his Fathers grave & requested me to acertain what the cost would be & he would furnish Dennis Hanks the money to have it done. Said he would furnish an inscription for the Tomb-[stone, such] as he wished inscribed on it, Said he would do it as soon as he got time for me then to see the marble dealer & write him the cost & he would furnish Dennis the Mony to have it all done just as he wished. We then returned to Farmington where we found a Large crowd of citizens nearly all old acquaintances waiting to see him. his reception was very enthusiastic and appeared to gratify him very much. after taking Dinner at his Step Sisters Mrs Moores [3] we returned to Charleston His Step Mother coming with us. Our conversation during the Trip was Mostly concerning family affairs. Mr Lincoln spoke to me on the way down to Farmington of his Step Mother in the most affectionate manner. Said she had been his best Friend in this world & that no Son could love a Mother more than he loved her. He also told me of the condition of his Fathers Family at the time he married his Step Mother & the change she made in the Family & of the encouragement he Abe received from his Step Mother. he Spoke on the road of the various men that had supported him during
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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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