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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lamar, John W. 'John W. Lamar 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=herndon559.html


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Remember Verry Destinctley the first Time that I Remember Seeinge Lincoln I was a Small bowey and went with my father to Some Kind of a lection and one of our neer nabors by the name of James Larkins was thar and Larkins was a grate hand to Brag on his horse and he Steped up before abe in the Croud and Comenced talking to abe and Comenced Braging on his horse and Sed abe I have got the best horse in the County hare you yes I Run him five miles this morning in 4 minets and he never fetched a long breth I persume Sir he fetched a good maney Short ones Sed abe [2] Larkins Lerned to think that abe Did not appesiate his talk Verry well and was a bout to go a bord of abe, Lincoln Looked as if he Did not Cear and told Some Kind of a Joke that fit Larkinses Case and put the Croud in a uproar of Laftar and Larkins Dride up from that time tel this I wold of new him if he was liveing I have herd him Speake Some he lived in Springfield Ill he looked Some what Diferent in the way of Dress to what he Did when he left her but aney person that Ever was a quanted with him one wold Know him a gain thar was one thing about the man that aney Boddy Cold See and that is he was Determied to make Som thing of him Self tho pore and hard to liv Thar is one thing that I will Speak of Rite her the old man Lincoln had a old Grey horse and he was not able to plow as mutch as abe was and abe while the horse Rested had his paper pen and ink out in the field and made use of the time while the horse Rested he all ways put in the time to a good advantage I have a peace of furniture in My house that abe and his father Sawed out by hand with a whip Saw the house Caut fire and Burned one Corner off I have though Several times that I wold Send it out to Springfield aney infermation I Can giv you if not to late I will be happey to Do So free of Cost I will Send your Stampe back as I think it is my Duty to do So

yours Truley
John. W. Lamar [3]

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3008 — 9

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lamar, John W. 'John W. Lamar 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=herndon559.html
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