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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Crawford, Elizabeth. 'Elizabeth Crawford (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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82. Elizabeth Crawford (William H. Herndon Interview).

Sept 16th 1865

I went to Josiah Crawfords — the book man — not the School teacher as represented. The School teacher was a different man [1] — landed there about 11. o'c AM — hitched my horse — Nat Grigsby with me, as he went all the rounds with me & to all places and was present at all interviews & conversations. Mrs Crawford was absent — at a sons house, distant about ¾ m attending to her sick grand child. I called for dinner. Mrs Crawfords daughter got us a good dinner — Sent for Mrs Crawford — her daughter rather would send for her. Before Mrs Crawford Came I looked over the "Library" — counted the Vols. There were 2 Bibles, 4 Hymn books — Grahams History of the U.S. abridged — , "Great events of America" — "Pioneers: of the New world" — a Testament — "Grace Truman" "Websters Dictionary" [2] — a small one — Some News papers — mostly Religious. There was 12 or 15 books in all — Mrs Crawford Came — is aged about 59 ys — She is good looking — is a lady at first blush — is Easily approached quite talkative — free — and generous. She Knew Abm Lincoln well. "My husband is dead — died May 1865. Abm was nearly grown when he left Indiana. Abe worked for my husband — daubed our Cabin in 1824 or 5 in which we lived — The second work he did for us was work done for the injured book — Weems life of Washington [3] — Lincoln in 1829 borrowed this book and by accident got it wet. L came & told honestly & Exactly how it was done — the story of which is often told. My husband said "Abe — as long as it is you — you may finish the book and keep it". Abe pulled fodder a day or two for it. We brought the book from Ky. Abe worked in the field yonder — north of the house. Our house was there the same little log cabin which Abe had "daubed": it was made of round logs "unhewn & unbarked" The old Cabin, which Stood here by this Cotton wood tree, was pulled down and this new one Erected there. We had cleared about 18 acres of land when Abe first worked for us. Abe made rails for us. Our first house was about 15 square — one room — low Thomas Lincoln made my furniture — Some of it was sold at my husbands admr Sale. Thomas Lincoln was at my house

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Crawford, Elizabeth. 'Elizabeth Crawford (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon125.html
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