345. William H. Hannah (William H.. Herndon Interview).
[1865 — 66]
W. H. Hannah — of Bloomington
Says that Since 1856 Mr Lincoln told him he was a Kind of universalist — That he never Could bring himself to the belief in Eternal punishment — That men lived but a little while here & that if eternal punishment were man's doom that he should spend that little life in vigilant & ceaseless preperation — by never Ending prayer —
That on one occasion he Hannah — Supposing Lincoln poor — Lincoln then running for U.S. Senator Said to Lincoln — if you want money draw on me for $500. — Lincoln said I am not so poor as you suppose — don't want any money — don't know how to use money on such occasions — Can't do it & never will — though much obliged to you.
H Said Saw Lincoln about 1849 — Came to Court at Bloomington — went to See him — was Social agreeabel — & made me think I was forty years old — forgot my boyhood — Supposed I was a man — was so treated &c — loved him after that
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3914; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:157 — 58