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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Ellis, Abner Y. 'Abner Y. Ellis (statement for 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=herndon170.html


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Works as he frequently spoke of Pains Book Common Since [7] he once asked Me if I had ever Read Volneys ruins [8] he Said he had and supposed that I had by My calling my oldest son Volney, though I had never read them and never wished to

He never recommended me to read them Neither he speak in favor of them.

I rember too of his reading Some of Mrs C. L. Hentys [9] beautiful storys; one in particular the prize story the Mob Cap [10] he said he wished he Could See the Play

He was verry fond of short storys one & two columns long, like

Cousin Sally Dillard —
Becky Wilsons Courtship
The down Easter & the Bull, [11]

How a bashful Young man became a Marrid man with 5 little bashful Boys, & How he and his read headed Wife became Millerits [12] and before they were to ascend they agreed to Make a clean breast of it to each other The old Man insisted that the Wife Should own up first as she had primsed in her Marriage Vow to first obay her husband Well Dear said she our little Sammy is Not your child well Said the husband whoes is he Oh Dear Said She, he is the one Eyed Shoe Maker he came to see Me once when you was away and in an vil hour I Gave way Well said the husband is the rest mine No said she they belong to the Neighbourhood

Well Said the old Man I am ready to leave; Gabarial blow your horn.

I have thought that Mr. L. had something to do with its getting up he used to tell it with Embellishments. I suppose you have heard him telling it he Said he Never saw a Millerite but what he thought of the story

I remember once of Seeing Mr L out of temper & Laughing at the Same time. it was at New Salem the boys were having a Jollification after an Election They had a large fire Made of shavings & hemp [herds?], and Some of the Boys Made a bet with a fellow that I shall call Ike that he could not run his little bob tail Poney through the fire. Ike took them up — and trotted his Poney back about one hundred Yards, to give him a good start as he said. The boys all formed a line on Either side to Make Way for Ike & his poney presently hear he came full tilt With he hat off & Just as he reached the blazing fire raised in his saddle for the Jump Strait ahead but Poney was not of the Same opinion So he flew the track and pitched poor Ike into the devouring Ellement Mr L. Saw it and run to his
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Ellis, Abner Y. 'Abner Y. Ellis (statement for 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=herndon170.html
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