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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Terry, Oliver C. 'Oliver C. Terry to Jesse W. Weik' 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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548. Oliver C. Terry to Jesse W. Weik.

Mt. Vernon, Ind., July 1888

Yours of the 16th received, and would have answered earlier, but for my health. I have been confined to my room for several days since my first letter to you —

In answer to yours of the 16th will say, I have had a long interview with the venerable Judge John Pitcher, and read your letter to him — He says the passage you quote from Lamons life of Lincoll where it referred to "Abes trial on National Politics." [1] mus have been written after Lincoln left Indiana — and that he (Pitcher) never knew any one at that time by the name of "Pritchard"

The Judge says Thos Lincoln — the father of Abraham — settled in spencer Co Ind in 1816 — Pitcher settled at Rockport in 1820 Thos Lincoln left Indiana for Ills about 1829 or 1830 — Pitcher left Rockport about the same time, and settled at Princeton Gibson Co Ind — Judge Pitcher is verry clear in his recollections of Lincoln —

His distinct recollection of Mr Lincoln's borrowing books from his (Pitchers) library is assigned as follows.

1st Lincoln lived about 16 miles from Rockport at or near a place now called Gentryville — A man by the name of Crawford, a well to do farmer lived in the same neighborhood. Crawford was noted for his littleness in all his dealings with his neighbors. This man Crawford owned Weems Life of Washington in one volume — Mr Lincoln borrowed this from Mr Crawford, and before he had finished reading the book, he left it in an open window, when a rain storm wet the book, causing the covers to warp, and otherwise damage the book.

Mr Lincoln felt verry much hurt over this misfortune, took the book to Mr Crawford and said to him — "I have no money with which to pay you for the damage the book has sustained, but will work it out if you have any work I can do — " When Mr Crawford told Mr Lincoln to "pull fodder two days, and they would call it even."

This story Mr Lincoln told to Judge Pitcher in Pitchers office in Rockport — Judge Pitcher says, "Lincoln said to me, you see I am tall and long armed, well I went to work, and there was not a corn blade left on a stalk, where I worked during the two days I were paying the damage sustained by the little wetting that book received. I made a clean sweep."

It was then that Judge Pitcher told young Abe, to help him self to any thing he wished to read — that he (Pitcher) had in his library, which he did — and frequently afterwards — The Judge does not Know now just what books it was he lent to Mr Lincoln — but Says they were all standrd works of that day, and some may have been law books, as to this he will not be positive — says the Judge, Abe wanted to read law with me, but his father was too poor to spare him away from the farm and mill — " I asked the Judge about the mill — when he said — "Tom Lincoln built a horse mill for grinding corn — It would not be called a mill now, but it answered then, and the people were glad to have it. I have ate many corn dodgers made from

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Terry, Oliver C. 'Oliver C. Terry to Jesse W. Weik' 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=herndon662.html
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