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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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of his coming to our part of then Sangamon Co which was this that he came down the Sangamon River as a sort of floting Drift wood on the great freshit produced in the thawing of that snow. he was a candidate for the Legislature & made his first Political Speech in Petersburg 1832 he was beaten althoug his precinct then which now comprises nearly all of Menard voted him or for him unanimus save and except Three Votes in 1834 he was elected 4th he was elected Captain of a Malitia Co in the Black Hawk War his Men Idolized him he was the finest Wrestler that belonged to that Army except a man by the name of Thompson who hailed from Union Co Ills [4] (I have many little Incidents of their Wrestle) 5th he Studied Grammar & Surveying while he & I clerked in Offutts store which was in 1832 & — 33 6th he at the same time Devoured all the Law Books he could get hold of I left Ills in the Spring of 1836 at that time he was a Dep. Surveyor not of Calhoons as many have it but of T. M. Neal of your City I now have in my possesion many Feald Notes signed T. M. Neal by A Lincoln Dep &C I have spent a few nights with his Father he then lived in Coles Co Ills. & was tending a small Water Mill the profts of which nearly supported him & his second wife whose name was Johnson before she was married to Mr Thomas Lincoln Abrahams father believe I have answered your interogatories as well I can at this time I will call and see you as I can give much better satisfaction verbal than written

Verry truly Your friend
W G Greene

P.S. will you say to J. K. Dubois & Jacob Bunn that the Citizens generally of Menard & myself especially think verry strang that this Co has not been honored with a Member as the "Lincoln association to raise funds" &c for a Monument as the ould Poll-Book now go & see it apart of the Archieves of Sang., will demonstrate that we people then before his greatness voted him with a uninimity that the wide World has no paralell

W G Greene

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2124 — 25; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:474 — 77

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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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