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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney 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=herndon642.html


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vigor of mind but no perception at all: if you was to point your finger at him and also a darning needle he would not Know which was the sharpest.

Lincoln was very adroit in managing a case: I once had the case of "Peggs. vs. Scott" [2] to try in Champaign County and was all alone in it. Lincoln & O. L. Davis were on the other side. O.L. was a dirty fellow & he informed me that they were going to bea[t] me awfully and I got alarmed & went to Lincoln about it, he reassured me — said it was like any other lawsuit — they might be beat or I might but not to worry &c. But when the trial came Lincoln bore down on me harder than any one. The great majority of Lincolns stories were very nasty indeed. I remember many of them but they do us no good. Now as to my matter. I want to lecture about Lincoln and I think of limiting myself to Ohio for this Ensuing winter for the following reasons, viz: 1st It is said by lecture men to be the best lecture state in the Union. 2d I was a Paymaster there for 2 years & paid many Ohio troops & my reputation for that reason whould be of some value. 3d I have got to organize my own campaign and need a circumscribed area to do it effectually in. I might slop over into Indiana some. I should get good literature & advertise intensively & use the Grand Army of the Republic for all it might be worth.

I don't commence in Illinois for the reason that I would fear that Herndon or Matheny or Moore or someone else would be present & would know more of Lincoln than I did. I want to help Herndon all I can and will be glad to do it in any way

Your Freind
H C Whitney

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4615 — 16

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney 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=herndon642.html
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