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288. John M. Rutledge to William H. Herndon.

Birmingham Iowa November 4th 1866

Dear Sir

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 if I remember rite they never owned that mill at New Salem as the history States but I need not remark farther as you have all the facts thro Bro Robert that I am able to gave, I would not spare no pains in furnishing you with facts in my power,

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



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