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102. William G. Greene to William H. Herndon.

Tallula Ills Dec 3rd 1865

Dear Sir

Yours 1st Inst at hand. We never had any Debating Society at New Salem it may be possible that once and a while the community may have had publick Discussions in which Mr Lincoln participated

It is False sofar as to his walking to Vandaly if you will recollect or reflect for a minute you will Know better we had a regular Stage line from your place to Vandaly Lincoln borrowed $100. of Colman Smoot who now lives in this Co to get a suit of Clothes which cost him $60. leaving forty for Stage Fare &c &c I Know that I am correct. You are mistaken as to seeing any thing in Hollands book as coming from me I Know nothing of Holland or his book I would like to see one I would carefully read it & note all Errors that I knew to be so

Verry Truly
William G. Greene

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2394; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:482



1. Holland was apparently able to cite Greene as a source because he had access to the notes of interviews taken by James Q. Howard in 1860.