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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Short, James. 'James Short 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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56. James Short to William H. Herndon [1].

Petersburg Ill July 7, 1865

Dear Sir

In answer to your inquiries in reference to my knowledge of the early history of the late lamented President, Abraham Lincoln I give you herein all the information which is now fresh in my memory.

My first acquaintance with Mr Lincoln was in May or June 1831 at New Salem. At that time I lived in Coxe's Grove, on the line between Morgan and Sangamon, and on coming into New Salem at that time, Mr Lincoln was pointed out to me by my sister, now Mrs Elias Hohimer, whom Mr L. had before that time employed to make him a pair of pantaloons. Mr L. at this time was about 22 years of age; appeared to be as tall as he ever became, and slimmer than of late years. He had on at the time a blue cotton round about coat, stoga shoes, and pale blue casinet pantaloons [2] which failed to make the connection with either coat or socks, coming about three inches below the former and an inch or two above the latter. Without the necessity of a formal introduction we fell in together and struck up a conversation, the purport of which I have now forgotten. He made a favorable impression upon me by his conversation on first acquaintance through his intelligence & sprightliness, which impression was deepened from time to time as I became better acquainted with him.

At this time I was engaged in farming and was about 25 years old. Mr L. just at this time was doing nothing, having just returned from New Orleans. This same year — 1831, — was the first year Mr L. ever came to New Salem. He went to New Orleans with Denton Offut in a flat boat, in 1831, & had just returned when

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Short, James. 'James Short 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=herndon072.html
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