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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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jump the Best of of them he Could out Box the Best of them he Could Beat all of them on anictdote and he was the favorite of all of them and he Loved all of then as they Loved him he was the favorite of all at home Men & women & Childern he was very fond of Childern he Come to my house to Board soon after his Return from the army he most always had one of my Childern around with him During his stay at my house my family Became much atached to him he was always at home wherever he went very Kind to the Widoes & olfins Chop there wood he Read the News for all the County once a week as we had only a weekly male During the Summer Campain for the Legislate i herd him speak frequntly and he was a full mach for any man that was on the track in one of his speaches he said fellow Citersons i have Been told that some of my opponents have said that it was a disgrase to the County of sangamon to have such a Looking man as i am stuck up for the Legislator now i thought this was a free Cuntry that is the Reason that i adress you to Day had i have Known to the Contrary i should Knot have Consented to Run But i will say one thing Let the shue pinch whoe it may when i have Been a Canidate Before you some 5 or 6 times and have Bee Beaten every time i will Consider it a disgrase and will Be shure never to try it again and i am Bound to Beat that man if i am Beat my self — mark that and shure enough he was Beat together with some of the Ballance of his opponents Lincoln was Beat By some 9 votes i think But a majority of his ticket was elected Mr John T Sturt was one of them elected — the others i Canot Now Remember During the Campain at Paps town [3] one of his Best friends got into a fight with a set of Ruffings and they atempted to shoe foul play he piched in and Piched them out Like they ware Boys and told them his friend Could whp the whole of them one at a time that ended the fus [4] the fall or winter of 32 or 33 i sold him my Stock of Goods or Lincoln & Berry on Credit and some time after i Canot Recolect as I left there for a while they sold to two Brothers By the Name of Trent they failed and Bery dide and Lincoln had the Dt to Pay the Last Payment he made was after he went to Congress he Comensed Reading Law whilst he Borded at my house i bored such Book as he wished to Read from J T Sturt he Beeing a particklar friend of mine as well as of Lincolns he was much Devoted to Reading and had the Best memory of any man i Ever Knew he Never forgot any thing he Read Nor any friends he Never used Bad Langag Nor seldom if ever Drank any sperits Never Quareled or fought But always was the Pease maker infact all loved him and feared him he was By fare the stoutest man that i ever took hold of i was a mear Child in his hands and i Considered my self as good a man as there was in the Cuntry untill he Come about i saw him Lift Betwen 1000 and 1300 lbs of Rock waid in a Boxx Some time of the sumer of 33 he was appointed Debety survayor By J C Calhoon [5] and in 34 he again was a Canidate for the Legislator on the whig ticket he was one of the most Devoted
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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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