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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Wartmann, J. W. 'W. Wartmann 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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29. J. W. Wartmann to William H. Herndon

Rockport Indiana June 19, 1865

My Dear Sir:

Yours of 15th June, just at hand Silas Richardson, Nathaniel Grigsby — (Aaron Grigsby — , brother of Nathl, married Mr L's Step-sister), John W. Lamar and John Romine the post-office address of all whom is Gentryville, Spencer Co' Indiana, are reliable men and live near Thomas Lincoln's old home in this Co.' David Turnham, Dale P.O. Spencer Co.' Indiana, can also give you some valuable information.

What there is in "Raymonds Life of Mr Lincoln," [1] is, so far as his history in this Co' is concerned, true and substantially correct.

It is Weems' — not Grahams' life of Washington [2]; at least, I never heard of any other than Weems' in connection with the story.

Mr L started from here (Rockport) for and with Allen Gentry, on his trip to N.O. in a flat-boat. Allen Gentry is dead, but his wife still lives, and remembers many anecdotes connected with Mr L. The trip was made about the year '29 or '30. Will send you some Mss in a few days. What I do send you can rely on as true.

Very truly Yours
J. W. Wartmann

It is extremely difficult to give exact times, dates & persons. About such a year, is as near as I can come to anything.

W —

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2192; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:168 — 69

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Wartmann, J. W. 'W. Wartmann 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=herndon047.html
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