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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, William G. 'William G. Greene 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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7. William G. Greene to William H. Herndon.

Tallula Ills May 29th 1865

Yours of the 20th inst. & I now respond to your Interogatories to the best of my recollection 1 Mr Lincolns Mothers Maiden name was Lucy Hanks she was a native of State Va I have understood that she was rather above the average size for women but know nothing further of her 2 Mr Lincoln weighed when he & I Clk for Denton Offutt 214 lbs I have weighed him often my impression now is that he was PO.M. in 1833 & — 34 his first Stump Speech ever made I have heard him say was in Macon Co in reply to two Men by the Names of a Mr Posey & Ewing [1] this was no Political Speech but an Experementer in 1830 or 31 that was before I knew him all I know of that effort I learned from Mr Lincoln I have often heard him regret that he had no copy of it as it was Extempo he has often shown & read to me his first Composition he prized it highly it was full of witt & I pronounced a good thing I will explain it more fully when I see you it was personal an old Lady who lived & died in Sangamon but was written long before he came to Ills I think he informed me that he was fourteen years ould when he wrote it 3 he came to Sangamon in the fall preceeding the Winter of the Deep Snow [2] and assisted in building a Flat Boat (John Rool) [3] of your City worked with him on the Boat Mr Lincoln last June told me how to guide myself as to the date

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Greene, William G. 'William G. Greene 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=herndon011.html
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