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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Friend, Charles. 'Charles Friend 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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563. Charles Friend to William H. Herndon.

Sonora Ky 31 July 1889

While living in Hodgenville there came a man from Ill. who sayed that it was reported in that state that Abe Enlows was Abe Linco father. I heared the question put to "Old uncle" Abe Enlows by My Brother-Law Mr A. H. Redman ther was another gentleman present — Dr W. H. Holt — Redman asked if it was true that he Abe Enlows was Abe's Father — the old man drew himself up to his full heigtht some 6 feet 3 in and stroked his long white beard and remarked that it was an honor to be proud of to even be thought to be father of a President and one that had risen by his own Merits to hold the proud position of President these United States. But said he I was only 15 years old when Abe was born — then sayed Redman you could not have been, being at that time only 14 years old when he was begotten. Now said Uncle Abe not too fast Al for I passed into puberty at 14 years and could have been his father at that age as easily as at any time from that until the present moment. Now to set that matter forever at rest I will say I never put my hand on her naked flesh or any part of her body save her hands, and never in life had Carnal intercourse with her. And further I believe that he was the son of Thomas Lincoln. I think all this grew out of his name being Abe the same of Mine, but I can account for that name; his grand Father was named Abraham Lincoln. the grandfather was killed by the Indians on Salt River not far from where now stands Shepherdsvile at an old salt works. [1] I will farther say that if he is not Thomas Lincolns son he was the son of Charles Friend this boys grand father — pointing at your Corespondent or William Cessna or George Brownfield his long

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Friend, Charles. 'Charles Friend 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=herndon673.html
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