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274. James W. Grimes to William H. Herndon.

Burlington, Iowa, Oct. 20, 1866

My dear Sir

Mr. Lincoln did visit Burlington in the Autumn of 1858 and spoke to a very large assembly of our people much to their satisfaction & delight. No man ever addressed an audience here who was abler to make such an impression upon them as Mr. Lincoln did on that occasion. He remained over Sunday at my house & started on Monday morning towards Quincy where he was to meet Mr. Douglas in debate, speaking however, if I remember right at two or three intermediate places.

I have some letters of Mr. Lincolns but they are ordinary business letters and of no general interest to any one

I am very truly
Your Obdt. Servt,
James W. Grimes.

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2716; Huntington Library: LN2408, 2:448