468. James H. Matheny (William H. Herndon Interview)
Springfield Decr 9. 1873.
Mr Matheny told me that he said that he understood that up to the time Lincoln left Springfield Ills in 1860 that he was a confirmed infidel, but that after he got to Washington and associating with religious People that he believes that Mr Lincoln [thought?] became a Christian — Knows nothing of Mr Lincolns investigations into the Subject of Christianity — He — M — says he told Reed & Melvin
583told me he thought Lincoln played a sharp game on the Christians in 1858 to 1860, and I somewhat coincide with him —
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