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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney 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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lecture of Nov. '54, [15] which I read to him on the route from Urbana to Danville. Lincoln & George Lawrence — a [noteless?] drunken lawyer used to play billiards together: one played about as well as the other / Lincoln used to always attend the circuits of the Marshall family of Jacksonville when they sang: Mrs Hilliss one of them he said was the only woman who liked him. Davis said "I thought you was an universal beau." He bought his first pair of spectacles at a little shop in Bloomington in May '56. — gave 37 1/2 for them; we were stopping together at Davis': — Dickey — Williams, [16] Lincoln & myself — at the great convention. During the setting of the Philadelphia convention in 1856, Lincoln was attending a special term of court in Urbana & Davis Lincoln & myself roomed together at the American House: I read him the accounts of the convention each noon from the Chicago paper: he paid but little attention to it & was not gloomy as Lamons life has it: he was very gloomy one day after all the news was in. I showed him Fremonts head in the paper, "says I What a head!", Lincoln looked at it & said "I don't see anything wrong about that head." said I; "a man who will part his hair in the middle like a woman aint fit to be President": He looked at it again a moment & gave me the paper without any more comment. He was very gloomy on that day but on no other day then. Have I written enough Billy?

W.

Lamons life. [17]
on p. 481. he does not depict L. correctly: he did not make boon companions of the coarsest men: he did praise rivals — as A Williams — Judge Logan — Browning — Dickey — Swett. his encomiums were not incinsere.
p. 480. Lincoln drank temporately &c. — he did not drink at all. p. 468. "Few men believed that L. possessed a single qualification for his great office" x x "he was a very common ordinary man" &c. This is a lie.
p. 471. Herndon locked the front office & Lincoln returned to the back office &c. — You know this aint so. [18]

The whole talk about Mrs Lincoln is not true: she belonged to the pro slavery crowd as the Blacks [19] did: and they want to ennoble her at Lincolns expense.
p. 475. What Stuart said was this "Lincoln's digestion was organically defective so that the excreta escaped through the skin pores instead of the bowels": and I "advised him to take Blue Mass and he did take it before he went to Washington & for five months while he was President but when I went to Congress he told me
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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Whitney, Henry C. 'Henry C. Whitney 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=herndon627.html
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