18. John Rowbotham to William H. Herndon.
Cincinnatti. June 9/65—
Thanks for your letter, which came to hand this morning.
I quite understand your position, in respect to the contemplated work — and wish you every success.
Should you visit those scenes connected with Mr. Lincoln's early career in Indiana and Kentucky, I can give you some useful information, having been over the entire ground on a sketching tour.
I may tell you that the work I am connected with (not as author) will not be published in this country — but will be issued in London, Paris and probably Leipsic, simultaneously, so that there is no fear of our clashing.
The information I ventured to ask you for, was just an outline of Mr. Lincoln's career in Springfield with the dates. Should you find leisure to write me a line during your researches, I shall be glad to reciprocate the favor.
I will anticipate with pleasure the appearance of your book feeling sure from the many advantages you posess it will be reliable and instructed; and I quite endorse your opinion that the life of Lincoln has yet to be written.
Hoping your efforts will be rewarded as they deserve.
Believe me to remain,
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