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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Helm, John B. 'John B. Helm 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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64. John B. Helm to William H. Herndon.

1st Aug 1865

Dear Sir —

You with this will receive two Letters one from Hon S. Haycraft, The other from Revd. Presly Nevil [1] — both addressed to me and in reply to letters written to them by your request and under the strongest assurances of confidence on my part that their names should not hereafter be alluded to — Indeed all this would not have sattisfied any of us to make unpleasant disclosures about the dead that are gone unless some good might grow out of it I also send you clipt from a Ky paper an obituary of Jack Thomas written by the same Hon. S. Haycraft — simply to show an idea Haycraft admires Lincoln and cannot even write an obituary notice of his dearest friend without bring in something if it occurs to his mind to Strengthen and confirm his position that old Thomas Lincoln was somebody and an honest man. Thus he says old Tom Lincoln the Presidents father did the Joiners work upon the house of old Hardin Thomas &c — This amused me because when a boy going to school I boarded at old Hardin Thomas and in this same house and did not remember any joining work on the house a rough log house with two or three glass windows — plenty of rough room good cheer and honest friendship was all they had and joiners work was scarce

Likewise the story got up on speculation about the veritable log cabin in which Abe Lincoln was born near Hodgenville — that was hunted up taken to a saw mill

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Helm, John B. 'John B. Helm 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=herndon081.html
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