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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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I Cant remember the Year that Bowling Green died it Was after the year 1840.

Mr L used to read at Nights Wen in New Salem

he used to Read Shakespear & Burns in Springfield He read this Novel George Balcomb [3] in New Salem also Tom Pain & Volney. [4] As to the News papers I Cant think of any he used to read Except the old Sangamo Journal as to what he Used to Eat I do not know but I think he was Not Verry particular in what he Eaten he Was fond of Pop Corn I remember

His speach in 1834 Was Verry — clear & Logical but he was Not verry self possesed he was a timid I thought

I do Not rember of Ever hearing him talk politicks in 1833 Neither do I remember of his reading any thing More than I have Named and Whether he read them through or Not I do Not Know

Oh Yes I once loned him Some Play Book to read I have them yet They wer as follows

The Wept of the Wishton Wish
"Lady or Lyons
"Illustorus Strange
"The Hypocrite
"Poor Pillicoddy [5]

William I think that Mr Lanning or Mr Lukins of Petersburgh could give you conciderable information concerning his early history in Sangamon Count as they were then his early associates also James Short I beleave I have answ all that you desired but if you think of anything More Just Command Me

& I am You Obd Sevt
A. Y. Ellis

P.S. I should be delighted to have a Coppy of the Life of Abraham Lincoln by My old freind Wm. H. Herndon

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Wm do you remember of Mr. Lincolns having a political — set to — Withe Judge Jesse B Thomas in or on the old Court room steps in what Was Called Hoffman Row — When Mr L Made the Judge Cry by Mimicing him — I do

and at another time how he got Judge Logan once in the Cour room By informing the Jury that the Judge Was a Verry Knowing Lawyer but Said M L as Smart as he is he dose Not Know that he has his shirt on with the pleated Bosom
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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=herndon178.html
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