87. John S. Hougland (William H. Herndon Interview).
Septr 17th 1865
Doct Hougland — Rockport — aged about 40 ys — says he heard Col Jones Say over & over again that Mr Lincoln laid the foundation of his Character in Spencer Co Indiana — That Lincoln read Every book he could lay his hands on — Mastered it
Lincoln clerked for Jones — worked at packing pork — selling good — chopping wood &c — Thinks Jones took papers at a very Early day — say as Early as 1826 and on to 1830 — and down to his death —
About this News Paper business there is much dispute, but think it true — Old Mrs. Lincoln says it is so — so does old Man Wood — so does Grigsby & others — Lincolns Speeches here in 1832
131Circumstances have read & learned so much &c. Dennis Hanks says the way they learned was to go to speech making gatherings &c. &c. and not by reading —
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2360, Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2367; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:97