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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks 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: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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We had no trouble with the Indians in Indiana, they soon left and westward. In the fall & winter of 1819 & 20 we Commenced to cut the trees — clear out the brush and underwoods & forest for our new grand old log cabin, which we Erected that winter: it was one Story — 18 by 20 feet — no passage — on window — no glass in it. The lights were made from the leaf Coming off from the hog's fat. [13] This was good mellow light & lasted well. The house was sufficiently high to make a kind of bedroom over head — a loft. This was approached by a kind of ladder made by boring holes in the logs, forming [illegible] one side of the house and this peg over peg we Climed aloft, the pegs creaking & screching as we went. Here were the beds — the floor of the loft was clap boards & the beds lay on this. Here I and Abe slept & I was married there to Abes stepsister — Miss Elizabeth Johnston — not Johnson. During this fall Mrs Lincoln was taken sick. with what is known with the Milk sick: she struggled on day day by day - a good Christian woman and died on the 7th day after she was taken sick. [14] Abe & his sister did some work — little jobs — Errand & light work. There was no physician near than 35 miles — She knew she was going to die & Called up the Children to her dying side and told them to be good & kind to their father — to one an other and to the world, Expressing a hope that they might live as they had been taught by her to love men — love — reverence and worship God. Here in this rude house, of the Milk Sick, died one of the very best women in the whole race, known for kindness — tenderness — charity & love to the world. Mrs Lincoln always taught Abe goodness — kindness — read the good Bible to him — taught him to read and to spell — taught him sweetness & benevolence as well. From this up to 1821 — Mr Lincoln lived single, Sarah cooking for us, she then being about 14 years of age. We still Keept up hunting — and farming it Mr Lincoln — Ab's father was a Cabinet maker & house joiner &c — : he worked at this trade in the winter at odd times, farming it — in The summer. We always hunted it made no difference what came for we more or less depended on it for a living — nay for life. We had not been long at the log Cabin before We got the usual domestic Animals, Known to Civilization. These were driven out from near the Ohio river or halled in a cart pulled by one yoke of oxen. Mrs Lincoln was buried about one fourth of a mile from the log cabin and the babtist Church, the Pastor was [Lamar?]. Abraham learned to write so that we could understand it in 1821 — . David Elkin of Hardin Co Ky — called Parson Elkin whose name has been mentioned before paid a visit — do not think Elkin Came at the solicitation & letter writing of Abe, but Came of his own accord or through the solicitation of the Church to which Mrs Lincoln belonged She being a hard shell Babtist Abe was now 12 years old. Elkin Came over to Indiana in about one year after the death of Mrs Elkin — and preach a funeral sermon on the death of Mrs Lincoln. Parson Elkin was a good — true — man and the best preacher & finest orator I Ever heard. I have heard his words distinctly & clearly one fourth of a mile. Some little time before this funeral service
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks 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: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon035.html
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