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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 34 0 Browse Search
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ncing his candidacy was a sort of literary fulmination, but on account of its length I deem it unnecessary to insert the whole of it here. I have been told that it was prepared by Lincoln, but purged of its most glaring grammatical errors by James McNamar, who afterwards became Lincoln's rival in an important love affair. In a letter dated May 5, 1866, McNamar says: I corrected at his request some of the grammatical errors in his first address to the voters of Sangamon county, his princMcNamar says: I corrected at his request some of the grammatical errors in his first address to the voters of Sangamon county, his principal hobby being the navigation of the Sangamon river. The circular is dated March 9, 1832, and addressed to the People of Sangamon county. In it he takes up all the leading questions of the day: railroads, river navigation, internal improvements, and usury. He .dwells particularly on the matter of public education, alluding to it as the most important subject before the people. Realizing his own defects arising from a lack of school instruction he contends that every man and his childre
be proud? letter to Dr. Drake. return of McNamar. Since the days when in Indiana, Lincoln sil was an assumed one; that his real name was McNamar. I left behind me in New York, he said, mt the girl's instinct was a better guide, and McNamar proved to be all that he said he was, althou of cruel desertion. The change of McNeil to McNamar had wrought in their minds a change of sentimand of Miss Rutledge. Lincoln had learned of McNamar's strange conduct, and conjecturing that all rrow,--the unexplained and painful absence of McNamar,--which, no doubt, made her all the more inteJacksonville, in company with her brother. McNamar seems to have considered Lincoln's bashfulnesedges and all New Salem encouraged his suit. McNamar's unexplained absence and apparent neglect fumiss to suggest before I pass from mention of McNamar that, true to his promise, he drove into New oods. Anne Rutledge had meanwhile died, and McNamar could only muse in silence over the fading vi[5 more...]