334. Ninian W. Edwards (William H. Herndon Interview).
[1865 — 66]
N W Edwards went to Washington in 1861 & 2 — says Lincoln read Shakespear Every Evening — not the Bible — Says he — Lincoln Enquired of no friend — : asked no questions about old friends — Mrs Edwards says he has no heart. Thinks Lincoln once told him he believed that the Bible &c was the Divine Revelation &c —
When he first came to City Edwards says Lincoln was a mighty Rough man — did much for Lincoln — was at Edwds house for 4 ys Every Sunday.
Edwards Says that he thinks that Lincoln was not a warm hearted man — Seemed to be ungrateful — was not — did not think — if brought home to him he would do what was right —
In Washington I saw Lincoln made
Edwards thinks that he always thought L would be great man. Edwards made him promise that when he was Presdt he L would give him Edwds a good office.
447Had I been Lincoln and had been taken in as Butler
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