288. John M. Rutledge to William H. Herndon.
Birmingham Iowa November 4th 1866
I received yours the 3 inst with pleasure the information you ask of me I supose you have by this time Brother Robert was here some time since and we hunted up Some papers and gave all the information we could So it would not be nessary for me to State them here, but from due respect I acknowledge your Kind letter however I will answer one or two lest Robert might not have done the disease my Sister died of if I remember was of the head or brain I have the Life & Speeches of Lincoln by J. H. Barrett
I must state here that Lincoln was a man I always loved I was with him in the Black Hawk war he was my Captain a better man I think never lived on the earth Surly God has Saved his Soul, ma God Bless you Mr Herndon in your work in getting up this history I feel like I must have one
your humble Servent and friend
John M Rutledge
when I See Bro Robert if any thing is neglected we will Send it on
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2733; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:432 — 33