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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Miles, George U. 'George U. Miles 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=herndon143.html


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104. George U. Miles to William H. Herndon.

Petersburg Ill Decr 8th — 1865

Dear Sir —

Yours of the first inst is before me we are all well Except my Self my Eyes are more dim than usual & have been so for two or three weeks & besides that Some ten days ago I was attacked with the piles So that I have not ben abel to get about much though I think they are a little better — (Dick Spears was married this day a week ago)

I have made inquiry & find to a certenty that there never was a debating Society in New Salem during Lincoln time nor at any other time

McHenry [1] & others Say it is also false as to his walking to vandalia when Elected to the legislature

McHenry Sais it is also untrue as to Lincoln not attending to his law Suit — that he never had but one Suit in Springfield & that was with Hiram Penny which you & Lincoln attended to & gained the case. it was in the circuit court before Judge Treat the papers in the case will Show you all about it

McHenry Sais he gave you a full history of the Case [2] w you were here which is as follows

Pennys wife was McHenrys oldest Sister. Penny [3] owned 242 acres of land in Sangamo Co on whiche lived had give Bob & John Erwin a deed of trust on it Penny failed to pay the deed of trust Erwin Sold the land on his deed of trust held it two or three offering Penny the chance to redeem it Penny failed to redeem & failed to pay rent as he had repetedly promised Erwin refused any longer time to Penny — Penny then went to McHenry to get him to See Erwin & get further indulgence — McHenry went to See Erwin & Erwin refused saying he had had more trouble with Penny than all the other Customers he had — but Said he would let he McHenry have the land at cost interest & rent McHenry closed a contract for the land paying Erwin So mutch down the balance in three instalments McHenry returned told Penny what he had done & Penny was well pleased and then agreed with McHenry that if he McHenry would pay the next instalment he McHenry Should have the 160 acres & he would pay the two last instalments & McHenry Should let him have the 82 acres on which he penny lived thus it was agreed between the two — McHenry had to pay all three of the instalments & then Suid for possession you & Lincoln his attorneys — Stewart & Edwards attys for Penny

There was a cabin on the 160 acres which McHenry mooved a family into & which Penny did not claim prior to the Suit — Some time after the commencement of the Suit Lincoln got it in his head that the cabin was on the 82 acres on which Penny lived and told McHenry he must moove that family out of there McHenry said he Should not do it well Said Lincoln if you do not I

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Miles, George U. 'George U. Miles 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=herndon143.html
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