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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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During the war Larue County sent Dr J. H. Rodman to Washington to see the President to have the number of men corrected that was called for from the County under the draft. He sent up his Card and Mr. Lincoln sent word to Dr Rodman that he would see him. Rodman sayed that there was men there waiting to see the Pres' that had been there for weeks but could not get a glance, In Course of the coversation, Dr Rodman told him that the County had sent him a nice cane from near where he was born and that he would send it up as soon as the Silversmith put a gold head on it. Lincoln sayed how will I know who gave it to me, Dr Says the names of the Donars will be imposed on it to the President A. Lincoln, "Abe sayed what a fool, I am like the Irishman that went to the Post Office when the Post master asked his name sayed faith and my name on the letter" of Course my name will be on the cane, President asked Dr. Rodman about the Cessnas Brownfields Friends Ashcrafts Kirkpatricks & at last sayed where is my old friend and playmate Austin Golliher, Sayd Abe I would rather see Golliher than any man living, he played me a dirty trick once and I want to pay him up, One Sunday Golliher and another boy and myself wer out in the woods on knob Creek playing and hunting around for young squirels when I climed up a tree and left Austin and the other boy on the grown [shortly?] Golliher shut his eyes like he was asleep I noticed his hat sat straight with the reverse side up I thought I would shit in his hat Gollier was watching and when I let the load drop he swaped hats and my hat caught the whole Charge. At this recital the President laughed heartily." Dr J H Rodman sayed he seemed to know more about the general topography of the County than any person he ever say discribed ery house and farm hill Creek and family that lived here when he was a boy. He (Lincoln) asked about an old Stone house that stands on Nolynn Creek about 1 ½ miles east of Hodgensville near a fine spring where the young people used to hold there dances. Rev John Duncan a Baptist preacher told me that he and Abe used to go hunting both night and day and at one time they worked all one day trying to dig som kind of a "varment" out of the ground. [2] I guess the man you allude to is Abes old friend Austin Golliher of Larue County he lives about 20 miles from here. He is the only person now living that knows anything abot Lincoln or the Hanks. I could go and see him some day if it was not for the expense of going. I would visit him and get all he knows. He is very old and what is done must be done quickly as his days are few.

Yours Truly
Chas Friend

Could you send me any of A. Lincolns writing or his signature. CF [3]

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3575, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3576r, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3577, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3576v, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3578

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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=herndon674.html
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