239. Nathaniel Grigsby to William H. Herndon.
Gentrysville, Ind Sept, 19,th 1866
After respects to you, i shall try to answe[r] youre requests, first Abraham Lincoln never corted with intention of Maring a Miss Wood, or any othe Lady while in this contry with intention of Mariage as none by myself, or any of his old friends, i think the nuse in the papers to that affect is in correct, the fite that took place betwen Wm Grigsby and John D Johnston took place on 16,th of July, 1829 neare Ggentryville Ind
PS this leaves me and family wel, Friend Herndon you wil excuse me for troubling you with, afew words on politicks we are in the mdst of A heted canvass the ishue is now betwen the contending parties is whither the men and party that saved this goverment shall rule it, or those that tride to distroy it i am with the loyal people that stood by the goverment i think presidet Johnson is head and front of the rebels, and there aiders and Abeters come ware come death or come what wil i shall stand by a loyal congress to the biterend, old Hosier will come out all rite N, G
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2669; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:204