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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, John. 'John Hanks (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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I moved from Ky to Ills in the fall of 1828 and settled where I now live — 4 M north west of Decatur. and built the first house in Decatur. I wrote to Thos Lincoln what Kind of a Country it was: he Came to this State the 1 day of Mch 1830 — to my house. He then built 10 M west of Decatur — & about 100 Steps from the N. F of Sangamon River & on the North side of it on a Kind of bluff — The house — the logs of it, I cut myself in 1829 & gave them to old man Lincoln: The house set East & west — fronted South — chimney at west End — the Same House which was Shown in Chicago. Lincoln broke up 15 acres of land Abrm & myself Split the rails: he own 4 yoke of oxen — broke prairie in the Summer — broke 30 acres for my brother [6] — he broke prairie for others. 2 yoke belonged to Thomas Lincoln and 2 to my brother. Dennis Hanks Came out at the Same time — Mr & Mrs Hall [7] — Dennis Hanks married Abes Step Sister — So did Hall — . Abrm during the winter of 1830 & 1 walked 3 M and maul 1000 Rails for Maj. Warnick [8]

I Knew Abs own Sister Sarah: She was a Short built woman — Eyes dark gray — hair dark brown: She was a good woman — Kind, tender, & good natured and is Said to have been a smart woman. That is my opinion.

After Abrm got to Decatur — rather to Macon — My Co — a man by the name of Posey [9] Came into our neighborhood and made a Speech: it was a bad one and I Said Abe could beat it. I turned down a box or Keg and Abe made his Speech. The other man was a Candidate — Abe wasn't. Abe beat him to death — his subject being the navigation of the Sangamon River. The man after the Speech was through took Abe aside and asked him where he had learned So much and what he did so well. Abe Explained, Stating his manner & method of reading and what he had read: the man Encouraged Lincoln to persevere.

Offutt Came to my house in Feb'y 1831, and wanted to hire me to run a flat boat for him — Saying that he had heard that I was quite a flat boatman in Ky: he wanted me to go badly. I went & saw Abe & Jno Johnson — Abes Step brother — introduced Offutt to them. We made an Engagement with Offutt at 50 per day and $60 to make the trip to N Orleans. Abe & I Came down the Sangamon River in a Canoe in March 1831. — landed at what is now Called and Known as Jamestown — 5 East of Springfield — once Called Judy's ferry. We left our Canoe in Charge of Mr Man [10] — walked afoot to Springfield and found Offutt. He was at a tavern in Old town — probably Elliotts: it was Elliotts. [11] He Offutt Expected to find his boat according to Contract at the mouth of Spring Creek 5 north of Springfield — got disappointed — Abe — Johnson & myself went down to the mouth of Spring Creek & there Cut the timbers to make the boat — we were
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, John. 'John Hanks (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon453.html
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