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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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I may remark that I have not had time to go carefully through the "Lamons" life: but I make the above suggestions as they occur to me. I shall be busy for a few weeks but I hope to be able to write out my lecture as I wish to have it done.

Now as to a publisher: You want Harper or J. R. Osgood & Co. or some publisher who will have great facilities for advertising it.

Lew Wallace (my intimate friend) got Harper Bros & his book (Ben Hur) has had 185,000 circulation. He is at Atlantic City now but lives at Crawfordsville near Greencastle: & if a letter to him will do you any good I will send it to you. I don't know how he got the Harpers for a publisher but he can tell you.

I will want to see you after a while and I will stay with you 2 or 3 days might come to Greencastle or Springfield

The proper way for you to write a book is to have a clerk by the month who is a stenographer and type writer both: you can get up a book in that way in ¼ the time you can do it by old fashioned methods.

Swett says you sent him a letter which he wrote some years since with a request to know if you might publish it and that he is going to answer soon. Of course you will know what is proper to publish of what I tell you & what not. I don't want any reflection on any body living or dead but what Lincoln told me is all right & now belongs to history & can do no harm. Swett corroborates what I say about Ls view of success in the war Lincoln had no faith in success in '61. & '62.

Your Friend as ever
H. C. Whitney

Speaking of Lincoln holding Court for Davis, several of us lawyers annoyed him very much in attempting to defend against a note to which there were many makers. We had no genuine defence but wanted to [stay?] it over the term by one expedient & another

Here is the order as Lincoln entered it: the original was cut out of the docket and sent to a Sanitary Fair.

"Plea in abatement by B. Z. Greene, a defendant not served filed Saturday at 11 o'clock am April 24th 1856; stricken from the files by order of Court. Demurrer to declaration if there ever was one, overruled. Defts. — who are served now at 8 o'clock pm. of the last day of the term ask to plead to the merits, which is denied by the Court on the ground that the offer comes too late: and therefore, as by nil dicet judgement is rendered for the Plaintiff against the Defendants who are served with process. Clerk assess damages."

Said I "How can we get this up: He looked at me quizzically & said: "You have all been so mighty smart about this case that you can find out how to take it up".

This was in Champaign Co. [31]

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3393, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3395, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3394, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3396 — 97, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4001

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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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