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226. David Turnham to William H. Herndon.

Dale Ind Sept 5th 1866

Dear Sir.

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 was written about two months after that time, both however in the year 1827.

The Johnson & Grigsby fight took place in 1829, but I can not find out anything about the language used, If there is any thing else that I can do for you, let me know

David Turnham

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



1. See §81.

2. See §76.