22. William G. Greene to William H. Herndon
June 11th 1865
Yours of 5th inst recd. contents noted &c Those Notes of Surveys are date respectively one the 16th & the other the 17th of November A.D. 1836 (I presume that that job was a bout the last of His surveying as he soon after went to Vandalia to take his seat in the Legislature & never permanantly Domiciled in this
33Co. afterwards) If that ould Lady who you write lives "some 9 or 10. miles North West of your city who says Lincoln mad a Crop for her Husband some time in 1831 —32 or —33"
Capt Lincolns Co. was discharged at the mouth of Fox River on the West or North west bank of the Ills River Lincoln reenlisted as a private and pursued the Indians untill they conqerd or drove them west of the Miss. River My impression now is that his entire Coe. save & except our Noble Captain returned when we were mustered out at Now Otoway
The Whiskey Barrell story so help me god is true as Revelation & the statements made to Thayer are in the main True except I did not cry I was not Noble enough or sensative sufficient.
The Rosting-Ear Story is a humbug and I would pay no regard to it the whole world knows Lincoln was a small feader.
I now think I shall be up next week & will Call & see you. your friend.
W G. Greene
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2159 — 60; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:479 — 80