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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=herndon225b.html


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St How Thomas Lincoln first Cum to Indiana on Horse Back I Say on Horse Back 2 Horses as well as I Recollect packed threw to Little pigeon Creek and Struck his tent in the Brush in Spencer County Ia

this the Last trip

I have told you that the first time he Came Down the Rowling fork in a flat Boat Made By his own hands Landing at Poseys on the Indiana Side [2] Thare Left his goods went out and Located him a place and went Back afoot on Knobb Creek whare he Started from and then packed up and Started on his Last trip to his Lowcation Rite in the Brush Raised a half faced camp whare abe Killed the turkey

2d What Made Thomas Lincoln Leave The reson is this We war perplext By a Disese Cald Milk Sick I My Self Being the oldest I was Determed to Leve and hunt a cuntry whare the Milk was not I Maried his oldest Step Daughter [3] I Sold out and they Concluded to gow With Me Billey I was tolerably popular at that time for I had Sum Mony My wifs Mother Could not think of parting with hir and we Riped up Stakes and Started to Illinois and Landed at Decatur this this is the Reason for Leving Indiana I am to Blame for it if any as for get More Land this Not the case for we Could have Enterd Ten thousand acres of the Bist of Land when we Left it was on a count of the Milk Billy I Had 4 Good Milch Cows to with it in one week and Leve young Calfs this was a Noug to Run Me Be Sides Liked toose My with it this Reason Nugh aint it for Leving Indiana

as to Thomas Lincoln Deed in Kentucky I Say No we Left Kentucky for the purpose of Hunting a New Cuntry whare we could get Land for 125 cts per acre and have the pick and choys which we did

3d# When Did Lincoln first Cum to Indiana in the fall of 1818 I tell from My age when we Started to Indiana Did he have have to Cut his own Road the trew Statement of the Case is this the Road had Ben Blazed out part of the way By a Man By the of Jesse Hoskins the Ballance of the way Lincoln had to Cut his way and part of the other for 5 Miles So that a Wagon Could pass Was he on horse Back or in a wagon this from poseys 18 Miles to his Location he was in a wagon got threw Safe

was there any older Settlers than Thomas Lincoln Yes Jesse Hoskins young Lamare Brewner Kitchen Jentry Thomas Carter John Carter T Turnham & Jones & woods [4]

you Seam to think if thare were older Settlers they Must cut a Road I tell you this Much a Bout it is this We Did Not Cum from the Same Cuntry Did Not Cross the Ohio at the Same place this will Do wont it Billy
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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=herndon225b.html
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