20. Joshua F. Speed (William H. Herndon interview)
[by June 10, 1865?]
2 Pennsylvania Women — Speed — Gen Dana — 2 weeks before hed died — Snatched out a thorn — planted a rose — one women Kneelded — L. took her up Saying dont pry to me. The other Lady — a modest one — a real dignified lady walked up to L. in a lady like way & Said Mr L taking one of his hands in both hers & Said — Mr L I thank you I never shall see you again — I hope to meet you in heaven — L then took her hands in his — walked with them to the door — & said — I dont know that I will eve get to heaven.
Lincoln was Simple and never above acknowleging his ignorance &c — machinery — words — Customs — Etiquette &c —
Don Quixott — The Bable — Esops Fables — Shakespear — Burns — Byron —
Speed says Lincon came here in 1835 — 6 Winter
Did not wish to kill Shields
Lincoln was at Chicago after his Election — Saw Speed — &c. Jany or Feby. 1860.
Speed heard Lincoln Speak her in 1836 Forquer attacked him & Lincoln replied —
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3794 — 95; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:392 — 93