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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Rutledge, Robert B. 'Robert B. Rutledge 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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301. Robert B. Rutledge to William H. Herndon.

Oskaloosa Nov 21st 1866

Dear Sir

I have just received your two letters, of 18 & 19th insts and hasten to answer,

you ask, first, Do I truthfully paint the Old pioneers, with classes — the Oldest Class, and our Fathers. [1]

I answer, you do, you ask, secondly do I get the condition of Mr Lincoln's mental Suffering and Condition truthfully? I cannot answer this question from personal knowledge, but from what I have learned from others at the time, you are substantially correct, you ask thirdly Do I truthfully describe New Salem her surroundings from 1825 to 1837.

I answer, your picture is well and truthfully drawn, as it appeared to me from 1828 to 1836, the time in which I was familiar with the place.

you ask Forthly Do I get the facts all correctly — and tell them truthfully, I answer, substantially you do, but probably a little in error in detail in one or two

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Rutledge, Robert B. 'Robert B. Rutledge 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=herndon408b.html
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