460. Andrew H. Goodpasture (statement for William H. Herndon).
Petersburg, Illinois Mar 31 A.D. 1869
At an early day General Ewing was canvasing this state for office, and having an appointment to speak near Decature Mr Lincoln and Mr. Close, as they were near the place fensing in a peace of ground; stoped to hear what was said: Mr. Ewing's speach was heared with interest by Mr. Lincoln, and after he was done an other gentelman addessed the peopel urging the propriety of Illinois beeing a slave state; before he was done Mr. Lincoln grew quite restless and whispered to his friends that if he had the stand he would tair that speech to peaces; so when the man closed; the cry was a speach from Lincoln; a spech from Lincoln! Mr. Ewing called for Mr. Lincoln to come on the stan not knowing who he was; and immediately Mr. Lincoln steped upon stage and began to addess the people his appearance was rather noval being in his shirt sleeves, and his pants some what woren out by the Praire grass, notwithstanding he soon gained the attention, answering each argument until he [sived?] the speach and before he closed his speach, he remarked that he was opposed to slavery and ever expected to be so long as the whip cracked over the yellow girl's back: Mr. Ewing was so pleased that he urged Mr. Lincoln to come to Springfield and give this attention to reading &c.
The above is about as related to me several times by Mr. Close, who was Lincoln's pardoner in fencing in a peace of land at that time:
A. H. Goodpasture
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3039
1. Someone, possibly JWW, has written "Not Authentic" in blue pencil across the face of this statement.
2. William L. D. Ewing.
3. George Close.