541. Stephen M. Warner to William H. Herndon
Centralia, Ills. April 5" 1888
I understand that you are writing the "Life of Lincoln". A little instance happened at the State fair, held in Central City (one & a half miles north of this place) in 1858 to which I was an Eye witness.
I was attending the fair, & when I learned that Lincoln was on the ground, I had a great desire to see him, & hear him talk. So for some time, I kept close enough to him, to hear him talk: after spending some time, I left to take in the other attractions. Had gone but a short distance when I met James McKee
This may be of no use to you, but I trust you will excuse me for troubling you, but I could not suppress my desire I had to add my testimony, to the many others showing how from the goodness of his heart, he never forgot his old friends, Even
655though in the lower walks of life. Should you wish to know more of James McKee, or myself, I refer you, to Hon. G. A. Sanders of your City.
S. M. Warner
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