226. David Turnham to William H. Herndon.
Dale Ind Sept 5th 1866
Yours of the 17th ult is at hand. I have taken time to find out the Circumstance about which you interrogate me Concerning Abraham Lincoln
This Miss Wood, is a Daughter of William Wood of Dale, or as you call him grand Pa Wood. She (Elizabeth Wood) first married a man by the name of Samuel Hammond After his death She married Mr Michael Tremper with whom She is Still living. She and the Old man Wood Say that Lincoln was about their house a great deal and Jokes were frequently passed by him and Miss Wood but no such thing as Courting or proposing was ever thought of.
In her young days Miss Wood with her Father lived a mile South of our Town, and 3 l/2 miles north of Gentryville. She was the Oldest Daughter There can be no truth in the assertions made in the piece you refer to. With regard to his writings (Grand Pa Wood Says) The Piece on Temperance was written first and the one on National affairs
The Johnson & Grigsby fight
Pr. Jno J. Turnham.
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2636; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:184 — 85