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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Haycraft, Samuel. 'Samuel Haycraft 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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396. Samuel Haycraft to William H. Herndon.

Elizabeth Town Ky 7' December 1866

Dear Sir

I am in recept of your two letters in relation to the letters written to me by A Lincoln just preceding and immediately after his election [1]

They were written Confidentally to me But really Contain nothing of importance and as you are his personal friend and writing his life I will under stand and Mason's injunction against thier exposure will enclose the originals? [2] to you & to be returned again to me after you have gathered all you Can from them —

Altho they Contain nothing of importance yet I regard them highly for the Respect I entertain for the writer. I admired him for his kindness of heart as shown in granting my request in relation to some men who had been betrayed into the rebellion

In his cruel Murder the South lost the best friend they had. Had Mr Lincoln lived the South would ere this have been restored and Conciliated, He had the Confidence of the North, and the South were beginning to learn and acknowledge his sense and justice and he could have done for them what President Johnson Could not effect. Mr Lincoln was born in 1809, as you will see by his letter to me. It was the same year I went into the clerks office boy then 14 years old, and his father with whom I was intimately acquainted. leave the County at an early age of his son Abraham I Cannot answer the enquiries of your second letter except

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Haycraft, Samuel. 'Samuel Haycraft 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=herndon502.html
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