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321. Edward L. Baker (William H. Herndon Interview).


Baker Editor—

Says that Lincoln marked 3 passages in Mo—Democrat. that Lincoln marked the 3 passages—that he Baker took them up to Judge Davis—then he got here on the night train—the day before the nomination: that Lincoln & himself went to what is called the bull ring—a play at 5 vs—that the alley was full—was preengaged—that they went to a Excellent & neat Beer Saloon to play a game of Billiards—that the tables was full and took a glass of Beer—that they then went to the Journal office—there recd the first dispatch stating the result in the first ballot—& finally they parted—Each his own way—Baker to Dinner—Lincoln to his paper &c

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3835; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:81



1. In The Real Lincoln (1922), 264, JWW dates this interview July 1865.

2. Marginal note: Baker will get Mo Democrat & see what the marks were—Logan had a letter in his pocket authorizing him to withdraw Lincolns name on Conditions.