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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney (Statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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535. Henry C. Whitney (Statement for William H. Herndon).

[1887?]

I first saw Lincoln on June 3d 1854. He — Davis — Swett — & D. B. Campbell were in a light wagon in front of Baileys tavern in Champaign Co. returning from Danville Court. I was just coming to Champaign to settle as a lawyer. On Oct. 24. '54. Lincoln drove into our town Urbana to attend Court — Davis & Swett had just preceded him. That night after rest he made his "Springfield" speech once again. It was masterly. Next morning he went north via I.C.R.R. and as he went in an old 'bus. he played on a boys harp [1] all the way to the deppot I used to attend the Danville Court regularly as well as our own, of course. At Urbana I used to room with Lincoln & Davis frequently — same at Danville: Davis found me to be useful in doing errands. At Danville we used to stop at McCormicks hotel an old fashioned frame country hotel & jurors counsel prisoners & everybody all ate at a long table: After Judge [D?] Lincoln & I had the ladies parlor fitted up with 2 beds. at Danville Lincoln — Swett & McWilliams of Bloomington — Whitney of Urbana — Voorhees of Covington Indiana — O.L. Davis, Drake Lamon, Lawrence, Beckwith, O.F. Harmon of Danville — Chandler of Williamsport Indiana and Whiteman of Iroquois were the lawyers. It was quite a big court.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney (Statement for William H. Herndon)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon647b.html
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