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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 682 0 Browse Search
Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, Debates of Lincoln and Douglas: Carefully Prepared by the Reporters of Each Party at the times of their Delivery. 358 0 Browse Search
William H. Herndon, Jesse William Weik, Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life, Etiam in minimis major, The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln by William H. Herndon, for twenty years his friend and Jesse William Weik 258 0 Browse Search
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography 208 0 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume I. 204 0 Browse Search
John G. Nicolay, A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln, condensed from Nicolay and Hayes' Abraham Lincoln: A History 182 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 104 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 102 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 86 0 Browse Search
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he most valuable Lincolniana in existence. Out of this store the major portion of the materials of the following volumes has been drawn. I take this, my first general opportunity, to return thanks to the scores of friends in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and elsewhere for the information they have so generously furnished and the favors they have so kindly extended me. Their names are too numerous for separate mention, but the recompense of each one will be the consciousness of having contributes been indefatigable in exploring the course of Lincoln's life. In no particular has he been satisfied with anything taken at second hand. He has visited — as I also did in 1865--Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky, his early homes in Indiana and Illinois, and together, so to speak, he and I have followed our hero continuously and attentively till he left Springfield in 1861 to be inaugurated President. We have retained the original Mss. in all cases, and they have never been out of our hands.
h the many loved ones gone before, and where the rest of us, through the help of God, hope ere long to join them. Ms. letter to John Johnston, Jan. 12, 1851. Nancy Hanks, the mother of the President, at a very early age was taken from her mother Lucyafterwards married to Henry Sparrow — and sent to live with her aunt and uncle, Thomas and Betsy Sparrow. Under this same roof the irrepressible and cheerful waif, Dennis Hanks Dennis Hanks, still living at the age of ninety years in Illinois, was the son of another Nancy Hanks — the aunt of the President's mother. I have his written statement that he came into the world through nature's back-door. He never stated, if he knew it, who his father was.--whose name will be frequently seen in these pages — also found a shelter. At the time of her marriage to Thomas Lincoln, Nancy was in her twenty-third year. She was above the ordinary height in stature, weighed about 130 pounds, was slenderly built, and had much the appearance o<
n the vernacular of the frontier as the milk-sick. It hovered like a spectre over the Pigeon creek settlement for over ten years, and its fatal visitation and inroads among the Lincolns, Hankses, and Sparrows finally drove that contingent into Illinois. To this day the medical profession has never agreed upon any definite cause for the malady, nor have they in all their scientific wrangling determined exactly what the disease itself is. A physician, who has in his practice met a number of casI have no doubt — as it has been to methat from such restricted and unpromising opportunities in early life, Mr. Lincoln grew into the great man he was. The foundation for his education was laid in Indiana and in the little town of New Salem in Illinois, and in both places he gave evidence of a nature and characteristics that distinguished him from every associate and surrounding he had. He was not peculiar or eccentric, and yet a shrewd observer would have seen that he was decidedly unique and
ment. the journey with Allen Gentry to New Orleans. return to Indiana. Customs and superstition of the pioneers. reappearance of the milk sick. removal to Illinois. Abe and his pet dog. The first law book Lincoln ever read was The statutes of Indiana. He obtained the volume from his friend David Turnham, who testifies prospect and grieving over the loss of his stock, proposed a move further westward. Returning emigrants had brought encouraging news of the newly developed state of Illinois. Vast stretches of rich alluvial lands were to be had there on the easiest of terms. Besides this, Indiana no longer afforded any inducements to the poos Gentry, and his grain and stock to young David Turnham, he loaded his household effects into a wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen, and in March, 1830, started for Illinois. The two daughters of Mrs. Lincoln had meanwhile married Dennis Hanks and Levi Hall, and with these additions the party numbered thirteen in all. Abe had just p
Chapter 4. The settlement in Illinois. splitting rails with John Hanks. building the boat for Offut. the return to Illinois. New Salem described. CleIllinois. New Salem described. Clerking on the election board. the lizard story. salesman in Offut's store. the wrestle with Jack Armstrong. studying in the store. disappearance of Offut. the Ta rough and fatiguing travel the colony of Indiana emigrants reached a point in Illinois five miles north-west of the town of Decatur in Macon county. John Hanks, sonps and voiceless trees. His first attempt at public speaking after landing in Illinois is thus described to me by John Hanks, whose language I incorporate: After Aberked, Offut remaining behind while Lincoln, Hanks, and Johnston started across Illinois on foot. At Edwardsville they separated, Hanks going to Springfield, while Lind hurra, So fill your glasses to the brim, Of whiskey, brandy, wine, and gin. Illinois suckers, young and raw, Were strung along the Sangamo, To see a boat come up b
t permission of the President of the United States or the governor of the State of Illinois, had openly broken the compact. On the 6th of April, 1832, he recrossed attle — which took place, have in no wise been overlooked by the historians of Illinois and of the Black Hawk war. With the exception of those things which relate to ited States authorities and those emanating from Captain Lincoln or some other Illinois officer — as at one time was threatened -we need not be told to which side the of the esculent. Once more, at another time, in the extreme northern part of Illinois, we had been very hungry for two days, but suddenly came upon a new cabin at t. It is not necessary to enter into an account of the political conditions in Illinois at that time, or the effect had on the same by those who had in charge the god. He had been educated for the law, but never practiced much after coming to Illinois--taught school in preference. As an instructor he was the popular one of his
rous. His hospitality, an inherited quality that flashed with him before he was born, developed by contact with the brave and broad-minded people whom he met in Illinois. Besides his business interests in the store and mill at New Salem, he kept the tavern where Lincoln came to board in 1833. His family, besides himself and wife, consisted of nine children, three of whom were born in Kentucky, the remaining six in Illinois. Anne, the subject of this chapter, was the third child. She was a beautiful girl, and by, her winning ways attached people to her so firmly that she soon became the most popular young lady in the village. She was quick of apprehen. I vowed that I would come West, make a fortune, and go back to help them. I am going to start now and intend, if I can, to bring them with me on my return to Illinois and place them on my farm. He expressed a sense of deep satisfaction in being able to clear up all mysteries which might have formed in the mind of her to whom
e of Miss Owens' descendants is authority for the statement that Lincoln had boasted that if Mary Owens ever returned to Illinois a second time he would marry her; that a report of this came to her ears, whereupon she left her Kentucky home with a pr my feelings were not sufficiently enlisted to have the matter consummated. About the beginning of the year 1838 I left Illinois, at which time our acquaintance and correspondence ceased, without ever again being renewed. My father, who resided e me from a political woman! So say I. The last message I ever received from him was about a year after we parted in Illinois. Mrs. Able visited Kentucky, and he said to her in Springfield, Tell your sister that I think she was a great fool becau committed — of half its severity. The letter was written in the same month Miss Owens made her final departure from Illinois. Springfield, April 1, 1838. Dear Madam:-- Without apologizing for being egotistical, I shall make the history of so
ong Nine. reckless legislation. the Dewitt Clinton of Illinois. internal improvements. the removal of the capital to S became a member was one that will never be forgotten in Illinois. Its Legislation in aid of the so-called internal improvenormous as to impede the otherwise marvelous progress of Illinois. The burdens imposed by this Legislature under the guiseiant, in one of his efforts on the stump, to suggest that Illinois ought to be honest if she never paid a cent. However muce great distinction of being called the Dewitt Clinton of Illinois. The representatives in the Legislature from Sangamon protest: Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois: That we highly disapprove of the formation of Abolitusand people, was near the northern line of settlement in Illinois. Still it was the center of a limited area of wealth andcoln despaired now of ever becoming the Dewitt Clinton of Illinois. We find him admitting his share of the responsibility i
cky. restored spirits. return of Lincoln to Illinois. letters to Speed. the party at Simeon Frand when the latter started on his journey from Illinois to Kentucky. It bears no date, but was handeferred to the affair with Shields. People in Illinois did gradually forget or, at least, cease mentounced Jacksonian attitude. He had come into Illinois with the early immigrants from Kentucky and Torward, and at the head of the regiments from Illinois some of the bravest men and the best legal ta seat in Congress. He was the only Whig from Illinois. His colleagues in the Illinois delegation wh many of these the newly elected member from Illinois was destined to sustain another and far diffeigh hope and confidence, he said exultingly. Illinois is expected to better her condition in this rr of a century among the political spirits in Illinois was by no means an accident; neither will the this vein to a gentleman still living in central Illinois, who, I suppose, would prefer that his na[2 more...]
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