10. James A. Herndon to William H. Herndon.
Quincy May 29th 1865.
I resivd your letter som since reusting mee to give you all the information consirning A Lincolns Eirley life so far as I new which I wood have done bee fore this if it had not bin on account of Sickness in my famly well in the firste place I took your letter to Rowen Herndon nooing hee cood give a mutch better histry of Mr Lincoln than I cood. Mr Lincoln borded with hin som time in Salam I Saw J. R. H yesterday hee told Mee hee Sirtnly wood attend to It rite of & give the names of All the canadats I bee came acqanted with Mr Lincoln in 1832 Somtine in the Spring during Durin that Summer J R H & My Self moove A Stock of Goods to Salam after Mr Lincoln was beeting for office him & Wm Barry bought out our Stock I new but littel a bout him after that untell hee came to Springfiled tha Speach he made was at Paps Vill on Ritchland creek at Mr Smiths
hee commence by Saying Fellow Sitisens I have bin Solisated by many frends to bee come a canadate for the ledeslator I have So concluded to do I prosume you all no ho i am My Name is Abraham Lincoln My politcks is Short & Sweet Like and old womans dance I am in favor of nashonal Bank high & protectif Tarrif & the internal improvement System
if Ellected I will bee thankful if beeting I can do as I have bin doing worke for
yours in haste
James A H
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2135 — 36; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:547 — 49