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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar 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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389. John McNamar to William H. Herndon.

Menard Co Ill Dec 1st 1866

My Der Sir

I do not wonder, at the Reproachfull Surprise, you manifest at my Neglect of Duty with regard to my mother's Grave after devoting the whole of my Early manhood in acquiring means and expending all was available of the same for the Benifeit of my Fathers family it certainly is very Strange that I Should lose all traces of my Mothers grave But "tis true tis pitty and pitty tis, tis true" if I may use the quibble of old Poloneas on such an occasion

You are mistaken however in the time of My Mothers Death Death [1] the absence I alluded to was in holding some of the petty county offices and knocking about Petersburg some Eight or Ten years, never Dreaming of losing the Grave of my relatives by the rapid filling up of the grave yard and the rank growth of vegatation Perhaps it was merely a Lawyers tact in alludeing to the Subject in order to get a speedy answer to other questions if so you have succeeded admirably.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNamar, John. 'John McNamar 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=herndon492b.html
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