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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNeely, Thompson Ware. 'Thompson Ware McNeely 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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313. Thompson Ware McNeely to William H. Herndon.

Petersburg Ills Nov 28th 1866

Friend Herndon

I have delayed answering yours of the 20th inst on account of illness and am not now able to leave my room to inquire into the facts suggested in your last but will do so in a few days with pleasure.

I have carefully read your lecture [1] and will briefly answer your questions as you have asked them —

I think you correctly describe Lincoln's condition except when you say that the "mental dethronement of his reason could only be detected by his closest friends." He may not have been "for a time totally insane" but he was so near that condition that every body who saw & knew him at once set him down as insane — Your

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; McNeely, Thompson Ware. 'Thompson Ware McNeely 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=herndon424.html
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