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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 found out then that Mr L. was a Cousin to Charley Hanks of Island Grove I told him I New 3 of the Boys. Jo. Charley & John and his Uncle old Billey H who lived up on the North fork of Sangamon River afterwards Near Decature

The Hankes were most of them Red headed & freckel fased and verry unshosible Except Charley he Was funny to the Extreame. By the bye Mrs Samuel Dillon in springfield was a Hanks, and was once Mrs Rezin Ray [21] I think she is still living —

— I do not think I am Making this Scribble of Much interest to you, for My Early acquaintance with Mr Lincoln is so Much associated With anecdotes & storys & If Ever any one should wish to publish his Joke Book I Could do Much better though Many of them would Never do to go to print, evin if they Could be so Shaped into Manuscript form

I onc heard him say in speaking religious denominations that he thought Baptism by imertion Was the true Meaning of the Word for said he John Baptised the Saviour in the river Jorden because their was Much Warter & they Went down into it and Came up out of it. [22]

He Was at one time Verry much taken with Josephus Hewetts preaching Hewett was a Campbellite preacher [23]

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2435 (letter), Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 5273 — 85; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:399 — 411 (enclosure)

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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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