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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Ellis, Abner Y. 'Abner Y. Ellis to 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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149. Abner Y. Ellis to William H. Herndon.

Moro, Illinois 14th Feb 1866

Freind Wm.

I will endeavor to answer the questions proposed by you as well as I can

1st. I do not remember the year that, Messrs Lincoln & Thomas had their — set-to — on the Steps of the old Court room in Hoffmans Row [1] prehaps it was in 1840 ask Noah Matheny, Amos Camp, or C. C. Phelps they May rember I did not hear either Lincoln & Thomas speach I was their about the time the laughing part Came on and Some one told Me that Mr L. had been Mimicing Mr T & had Made him cry

I remember I was selling goods in then in a room 2nd door north of Melvins Corner

2nd he borrowed those plays of Me while I was PM prehaps in 185[2] the Novel he Must of read before he came to Springfield

3nd Mr L had this conversasion with Judge Wm A Denning in Condells store in the Year 1845 (concerning secret societys)

4th it was in 1834 I think he wore the Blue Janes Claw hammer & Swallow tail Coat — You Must Certinally Know something about the old fashion Dress Coat some of them are worn at the present time by Gentlemen Who are Not hard on Coats —

5th it was in the Year 1841 the told me that he had been reading — Volney & Tom Pain but when he had read them I do not know the reason I remember the time it was at My House and he Wrote a Deed for me and I have it Now before Me

6th Mr L never said any thing in My presents that I remember about which Side of his family he inherited his Ways, Looks or thought he dose Not look like the Hanks family they are Sandy Complection Red Hair & Freckel all but John Hanks I think & have allways thought he sound Judgment was from his Mothers side of the House

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Ellis, Abner Y. 'Abner Y. Ellis to 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=herndon210.html
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