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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, William G. 'William G. Greene to 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
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Equally well & just as the regular Army was in evry particular. This brave — just and humane act in behalf of the volunteers at once firmly attached officers & rank to him as with hooks of Steel.

Lincoln returned from the black Hawk war and became in 1832 a Candidate — for the Legislature. He address the People in the town of Petersburg on the Election and the Causes which he advocated. It was what the world would call an awkward speech, but it was a powerful one, cutting the centre Evry shot. He was defeated at this Election, though the People in and around New Salem precinct voted him 275 — out of the 278 voters — so popular was he. After this he read law — studied surveying — read the newspapers, wrote deeds — Contracts and general business & official man for the whole Community, never charging one cent for his time & trouble —

In the year 1832 about the month of May or June I sold to Wm Berry & A. Lincoln my grocery store — I gave $400 — for it and they gave me $750 — (Here tell the Radford story — the Clary grove story of the men who got drunk — broke up Radfords store &c. My father was a babtist — came home told my father &c — he said Lizzie get up — [dollars?] — [blaze?] &c —). [6] Lincoln & Berry kept the grocery store, containing dry good — groceries — liquors — such a one as was kept Evry where in the Country at that time — . Offutt had broke up before the Black Hawk war and there was no other house of the kind was kept in town beside Lincoln's & Berrys. Hill & McNamar kept a dry good store at that time. Lincoln & Berry kept store about 6 or 9 months and through Berry's negligence & bad management — though not through dishonesty the store was broken up. A judgement was received against Lincoln & Myself on the old Radford note. Lincoln & Berry were to pay this note: it was now Lincolns & Berrys debt. At last I paid it. Lincoln however paid me, writing to me in Tennessee to come out and get my money. For some of the other debts of Lincoln & Berry execution were had against Lincoln & Berry Lincolns law books were sold — his Compass — flag staff — Jacob Staff &c were sold to pay the debts. James Short bought them and gave them back to Lincoln. After this & being out of business Mr Lincoln read law with renewed Energy — studied surveying & practiced it — read the Sangamon Journal — the Louisville Journal & Mo Republican & other papers — in fact he read all he could touch his hands to. This was during the summer & fall of 1832. He now Commenced surveying in fact. through the Country: he surveyed a race track for Thos Wadkins — or the Wadkins track. He likewise at this time would and frequently did, as we say Pettifog before Justice of the Peace in and about the County. This was studiously & energetically Continued up to 1834. when he became a Candidate for the legislature. He was Elected in 1834 and I think him the foremost man, the People all over Sangamon were beginning to fully appreciate him as did his neighbors here in 1832. He went to Vandalia in Decm 1834 and became a leading member at once. It was at the subsequent legislature that
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, William G. 'William G. Greene to 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=herndon017.html
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