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