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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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434. John McNamar to William H. Herndon.

Menard County Ill Jan 20th 1867

My Dear Sir,

I receved your Letter Some time since The intervention of the Holidays and other causes have prevented me from answering sooner, I now proceed categorically to answer, the Questions you propound

1st My Mother Died in the month of Oct 1845 I was confined by Sickness Some time before and after My Mothers Death and scarcely realized it at the time

2d That portion of My farm where I reside and Some other tracts were purchased Dec 9th 1831 I will here mention that in Looking for dates I made some unexpected discoveries one was a letter from Mr Lincoln Dated Vandalia Dec 24th 1836 [1] informing me of a Design of Some of the Setters East of here to have the State road changed from its original route advising a prompt and vigorous remonstrance and Saying moreover that he would write me a long letter on political Subjects but finally refered me to the News papers &c My Next Discovery was that Mr Lincoln & Chas Maltby were witnesses to my Deed Maltby the Last I heard of him was Superintendent of Some of the Indian Agencies in California. an other Discovery was a small Braid or Tress of Ann Rutleges Hair much worn and aparently moth eaten

3d with regard to the motive for purchasing the farm I intended it for a home for my Fathers family intending Myself to pursue the Mercantile Business and in which I reentered in company with Dr Allen in the fall of 36 but the crash of 37. induced us to close out with considerable Loss. consequently all the association which have rendered it dear to me have attached since I owned it the Rutleges were induced to occupy and take care of the place by my Friend and agent Dr Allen

with regard to your Last question concerning Mr Lincoln's Religious writings and the summary manner in which they were disposed of by Major Hill [2] I can only answer in scotish prose "I dinna Ken" about the time I received your Letter I saw a Notice of your Lecture [3] in the Chicago Republican from a Boston Paper and correspondent, The Scotchman [4] is good so is the "Aristocracy" and Literary attainments of Miss Ann, undoubtedly She was about as Classic a Schollar as

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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=herndon545.html
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