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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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I once heard Mr. Lincoln tell an anecdote on Col Ethan Allen of Revolutionary notoriety which I have never heard from any one besides him and for your amusement I will try and tell it as well as I Can [17]

It appears that Shortly after we had pease with England Mr Allen had occasion to visit England, and while their the English took Great pleasure in teasing him, and trying to Make fun of the Americans and General Washington in particular and one day they got a picture of General Washington, and hung it up the Back House whare Mr Allen Could see it

and they finally asked Mr A if he saw that picture of his freind in the Back House.

Mr Allen said no. but said he thought that it was a very appropriate for an Englishman to Keep it Why they asked, for said Mr Allen their is Nothing that Will Make an Englishman Shit So quick as the Sight of Genl Washington And after that they let Mr Allens Washington alone

He Tell another on page 11 [18]

Once upon a time but Not so long as to be forgotten

Mr Allen Went With a party of Young Men in Vermont to an apple pealing

And they Knowing that Mr Allen was rather inclined to beleave in ghost story they concluded they Would Slip away from him so he would have to return home alone. and it appears that their was a long covered Bridge through which they had to pass, & they concluded to wrap themselves up in White Sheets and station themselves at the further End of the Bridge and about the time that Mr Allen should reach the Meddle they Would apper to him but it appeard that Mr Allen Caught a glimpse of them on Comeing down the hill and he picked up a hand full of good Sized stones and carried them with him, and as soon as they made their appearanc Mr Allen as follows. — Be Ye Men or Be. Ye Be. Ye. Men. I fear Ye Not And if Ye. Be. Ghosts these stones will not hurt Ye It is Supposed that they vanished in a way better imagined than described [19]

You ask me if reccollect the first time I Saw Mr L. Yes I do

It was shortly after his flat Boat disater at or Near Salem dam, time corn planting time I was out Collecting back Tax for Genl James D. Henry. [20] I went from the Tavern down to Jacob Bales old Mill and their I first Saw Mr L he was Setting on a Saw log taking to Jack and Rial Armstrong and a Man by the Hohammer. I shook hands with the Armstrongs & Hohamer and was conversing with them a few Moments when we was Joined by My old freind and former townsman George Warberton pritty tight as Usual and he Soon asked Me to tell the old story about Ben Johnson and Mrs Dales Blue Dye &c &c which I did. and then Jack Armstrong Said Lincoln tell Ellis the story about Govenor Tickner his city bread son & his Negro Bob Which he did with several others by Jacks Calling for them.
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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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