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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, J. Rowan. 'J. Rowan Herndon 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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5. J. Rowan Herndon to William H. Herndon.

Quincy May the 28th 1865

Sir

you wrote to James some time Back for a histry of Mr A Lincoln whilst he Lived at Salom Sangamon County By his Requst i ancer it as i was the one that Lived there and Knot James [1] — i first Became acquainted with him about the first of January 1832 soon after he Returned from a trip to Neworleans on Bord of A Flat Boat he went down to Neworleens in the Spring or fall of 31 with the intention of staying there through the winter to Cut Cord wood But his Comrades took sick and Caused his Return i think his half Brother was with him During the trip. i am told By Captin Joseph Artis [2] the Comander of the Boat that he Came up the River on that he was very modest and Kind to all the sick which made him very Popular Both with Deck and Cabin Pasingers he Being a Deck pasinger him self he spent the winter after his Return to salim in Building Boats for a spring trip in 32 But the Black halk ware Broke out and he volenterd to serve his Country with the Ballance of the Patriock Boys to Defend the frontier setters of this State from the Savages tomihock and skelping Knife he was Elected Captin of his Company By a unamis vote against all oposition after the Ware Closed and all Returned home his friends urged him to Run for the Legislator Claming that they had a wright to a member from that Part of the County he was urged By Both Political Partys to Run and finely Consented he Became very Poupelar whilst in the army he Could throw Down any man that took hold of him he Could out

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Herndon, J. Rowan. 'J. Rowan Herndon 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=herndon006b.html
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