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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Graham, Mentor. 'Mentor Graham to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon008.html


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6. Mentor Graham to William H. Herndon (interview) [1].

Petersburg Ills My 29th 1865

Dear Sir:

In answer to your various Enquiries let me say — I came to Illinois in the year AD 1829 and settled in Sangamon County — near the Sangamon River close to the Village of New Salem & was at that time 26 years of age. My business has been school teaching for forty-five years. In the month of August 1830 I first saw Mr Lincoln. He came down the Sangamon River from Decatur Macon County Illinois to New Salem in Old Sangamon — Menard now being part of Old Sangamon. The first time I saw him was on Election day — we were decient a clerk for the Polls. Mr Lincoln was about the street looking around, and was asked by some of us if could write he said "yes — a little." "Will you act as clerk of Elections to-day —" said one of the judges: "I will try and do the best I can, if you so

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Graham, Mentor. 'Mentor Graham to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon008.html
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