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459. Andrew H. Goodpasture (statement for William H. Herndon).

Petersburg, Illinois March 31st. A.D. 1869

About the A.D. 1846 Mr. Lincoln visited Petersburg and as usual quite a number of citizens gathered near to him; evinceing great pleasure in hearing him talk, and ever now and then he would tell some joke causing all to manifest pleasure in his society: after some time in his company I passed on giving attention to the business of the day, and after an hour or so I returned back along the street, and still there was quite croud with Mr. Lincoln, all in good glee, and as I was passing them, I thought I would say something, and remarked that Where the great ones are there will the peopel be. Mr. Lincoln replyed Ho! Parson a little more Scriptural; "Where the carces is there will the eagels be gathered togather: There was quite a laugh, and so I passed on. I know this to be truth:

A. H. Goodpasture

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3038



1. Luke 17:37: "Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."