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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks 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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129. Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon.

January 26 1866

Dere William

I am jest in Receipt of your Letter of Enquire I haston to Answer

question 1st how, Many Acres Corn wheat I No Exactly for I helped Do it They had a Bout — 10 — acres of Corn and a Bout 5 Acres of wheat 2. acres of oates one acre of medow This is in Indiana in 1824 Very Little Change to 1830

2d was Lincoln warme harted this is Abes farther I Say he was he loved his Relitives Do any thing for them he could No Better Man then old Tom Lincoln Abes farther I have Known him Neare 50 years

Very quiet Not hasty temper treted Me well

3d Did Abrham Lincoln treat John. D. Johnston I will Say this Much a Bout it I think Abe Dun more for John than he desved John thought that Abe did not Do a Nuff for the old people they Be Cum Enimes for awhile on this ground I Dont want to tell all the thing that I No it would Not Look well in history I Say this Abe treated John well

4th What kind of a Man was Johnston I Say this much a Kinder harted Man Never was in Coles County Ill Nor an honester man I Dont Say this Because he was My Brother in Law I Say it Noing it John Did Not Love to work any of the Best I plaged him for Not working

5th Did Ever Thomas Lincoln Send any produce to Neworeleans Not from Indiana he Did Not Jest Raised a Nuf for his own use he Did Not Send any produce to any other place Mor than Bought his Shugar and Coffee and Such Like he was a Very pore man —

6th Did Thos Lincoln trate Abe cruly He loved him I Never Could tell whether Abe Loved his farther Very well or Not I Dont think he Did for Abe was one of those forward Boys I have Seen his farther Nock him Down of the fence when a Stranger would Call for Information to neighbour house Abe allways would have the first word

the Old Man Loved his Childern

7th Did any of the Johnston family ask for office No Thomas Johnston [1]

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks 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=herndon176.html
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