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[35] in him seem to have manifested themselves already. Nathaniel Grigsby — whose brother, Aaron, afterwards married Abe's sister, Sarah — attended the same school. He certifies to Abe's proficiency and worth in glowing terms.

“He was always at school early,” writes Grigsby, “and attended to his studies. He was always at the head of his class, and passed us rapidly in his studies. He lost no time at home, and when he was not at work was at his books. He kept up his studies on Sunday, and carried his books with him to work, so that he might read when he rested from labor.” Now and then, the family exchequer running low, it would be found necessary for the young rail-splitter to stop school, and either work with his father on the farm, or render like service for the neighbors. These periods of work occurred so often and continued so long, that all his school days added together would not make a year in the aggregate. When he attended school, his sister Sarah usually accompanied him. “Sally was a quick-minded young woman,” is the testimony of a school-mate. “She was more industrious than Abe, in my opinion. I can hear her good-humored laugh now. Like her brother, she could greet you kindly and put you at ease. She was really an intelligent woman.” 1

1 Nat Grigsby, Sept. 12, 1865, Ms.

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