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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, Johnson Gaines. 'Johnson Gaines Greene (William H. Herndon Interview)' 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=herndon530.html


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were going to Ables, and asked Lincoln to go along. Mrs B.G's child was along — it was a great big fat child — heavy & crossly disposed — Mrs. BG. had to Carry her own child up — L & Miss Owens walking behind — Lincoln did not appear to notice the old lady's struggles and when they all had got up to the house — Say 100 ft & pretty Steep. Miss Owens Said to Lincoln — laughingly — You would not make a good husband Abe: they Sat on the fence & one word brought on an other, till a Split or breach Ensued — It was with an Eye to this quarrel that Miss Owens wished to test L love That if he came to Grahams it was all right. She wanted to make L bend. Lincoln according to promise went down to Ables and asked if Miss Owens was in: Mrs Able replied that She had gone to Grahams, about 1 1/2 M from Ables — due south west — : Lincoln Said — "Didn't She Know I was Coming". Mrs Able Said — "No." One of the children Said — "Yes Ma — She did for — heard one of the children — the boy Saml who went to the P.O told her So." Lincoln Sat a Short time — went to Salem to his office — place of business — bording house and didnt go to Graham's. The fat was now in the fire. Lincoln thought that as he was Extremely poor and Miss Owens very rich that it was a fling on him on that account. This was at that time Abes tender spot. Abe was mistaken in his guesses for wealth Cut no figure in Miss Owens Eyes — Miss Owens regretted her Course — Abe would not bend and Miss Owens wouldn't: She Said if She had it to do over again She would play her Cards differently. She went back to Ky about 1838 — did not Court any one for Several years — married in Ky to a man, about 1842, by the name of Jesse Vineyard: he was a good man — a man of property. they Subsequently went to Mo where he died — Say about 1862. Mrs Vineyard had 2 Sons in the Southern Army: She Said — Mrs Vineyard — that if Either of her Sons had got into difficulty that she would willingly have gone to Old Able for relief. She has got 3 children now — 2 boys & 1 girl. The oldest boy is a lawyer & a good one The other is a farmer.

The Able house was about 1838 or 9 moved from the top of the bluff to the bottom of the hill: it is the Same house Except the Ell which has been put to it Since — house 18 by 30.

Mrs Owens [1] herself told Green the above.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3889 — 93; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:341 — 44

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, Johnson Gaines. 'Johnson Gaines Greene (William H. Herndon Interview)' 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=herndon530.html
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