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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
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assistance saying You have Carried this thing far enough I could see that he Was Mad though he Could Not help laughing himself the poor fellow Was Concderably scorched about the head & face Jack Armstrong took him to the Dr who shaved his head to fix him up & put salve on the burn &c &c I think M L Was a little Mad at Armstrong & Jack himself was Verry Sorry for it Jack gave Ike Next Morning a Dram his brakefast & a seal skin Cap & sent him home

At another time I Saw Mr L cry, it was at his old freind Bowling Greens Masonic funural [13] Mr L Was to deliver and address on the occasion he Was on the stand but When he arose he only uttered a few Words & commenced choaking & sobing he told he listenes that he Was un Maned & could Not precede he got down and Went to Mrs Greens old family Carriage, and I Saw him No More that day I supposed he Went home with Mrs Green & our lodge took Dinner in Petersburgh I do not remember Who took the stand after M L. got down Mr L Loved Mr Green as he did his Farther & Mr Green looked on him with pride and pleasur. I have heard Mr Green Say that there Was good Material in Abe and he only Wanted Education Mr Green had some little acquaintance with Mr Lincolns Mothers family the Hanks and he thought he inherited his good Sence from the old Stock of his Mothers relations. I Myself New Old Billy Hanks his Mothers Brother — and he was a Verry sesible old Man — He Was farther to Mrs Dillon [14] on Spring creek & Charly Billy Jr & John was his Sons They We all low flung Could Neither read or Write Some of them Used to live in the Island Grove in Sangamon Co

allthough Mr L. Was Verry fond of fun he Never played any pranks on any body & he took few libertys with any one and I do Not think he wanted any one to take them With him but if they had he would not have complained. I have been reading Some of your Lectures & I am Glad that you have Studded him so well and I think you Know him Well Enough, without My Saying any thing of him after he Came to Springfield I Never saw or heard of his playing Cards or gambing in any Way for money

It is Not Strange to Me that Mr L. Should have Such a Great passion For dirty Stories it was his Early training by the Hanks Boys his Cousins and after he left them he commenced a different train of thought and Studdie, Honesty Was bread in the Bone with him and Nothing could induce him to Swerve from the true path He did Not reguard the Right of Petitions Much; provided he New the partys himself This I Know to My Cost but I Suppose he was right in Not appointing Me P.M. in 1861 he Was I am Now Certin he opposed to Me from the begginning I blamed Butler [15] and Old Duboice [16] for Making him think that Was Not for him in 1858

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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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