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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar to G. U. Miles' 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=herndon252.html


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Justly fills a world that I did not deem myself to further notice, I corrected at his request Some of the Grammatical Errors in his first address to the voters of Sangamon Co [3] his principal Hoby being the Navigation of the Sangamon river, the first time he presented him seff as a candidate for the Legislature, this production is no Doubt to be found in some of the old files of the Journal

I never heard and person say that Mr Lincon addressed Miss Ann Rutledge in terms of courtship neither her own family nor my acquaintances otherwise

I heard simply this Expression from two prominent Gentlemen of my acquaintance and Personal Friends that Lincoln was Grieved very much at her Death

I arived here only a few weeks after her Death I saw and conversed with Mr Lincon I thought he had lost some of his former vivacity he was at the Post office and propably Post master he wrote a deed for me which I still hold and prize not only for the Land it conveyed but as a valued Memento

Miss Ann was a gentle Amiable Maiden without any of the airs of your city Belles but winsome and Comly withal a blond in complection with golden hair, "cherry red Lips & a bonny Blue Eye"

I know nothing of Miss Owens nor of Mr Lincons intercourse with her would Refer you to Bennet Abel her Brother in Law with whom She resided at that time I know of nothing more to add that would be of any Benefit to any one

Very Respectfully Yours &c
John McNamar.

[Postscript by Miles to William H. Herndon:]

I went to See Mr McNamer as you requested he Said he Knew nothing of the matters you wished to know after he read your letter I prevailed on him to take his time and write what he Knew of the Several questions you asked which he agreed to & to day he sent me the above which I inclose to you — all well

Yours Truly
G. U. Miles.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2572; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:502 — 4

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar to G. U. Miles' 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=herndon252.html
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