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s, but where he could have learned so much, or how to put it so plainly, I never could understand. Absalom Roby is authority for the statement that even at that early day Abe was a patient reader of a Louisville newspaper, which some one at Gentryville kindly furnished him. Among the books he read-were the Bible, Aesop's Fables, Robinson Crusoe, Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress, a History of the United States, and Weems' Life of Washington. A little circumstance attended the reading of the last filled with his letters and ciphers he would erase them and being anew. Thus it was always; and the boy whom dull old Thomas Lincoln and rustic John Romine conceived to be lazy was in reality the most tireless worker in all the region around Gentryville. His stepmother told me he devoured everything in the book line within his reach. If in his reading he came across anything that pleased his fancy, he entered it down in a copy-book — a sort of repository, in which he was wont to store every
ersonal encounters were of frequent occurrence in Gentryville in those days, and the prestige of having thrashetrained. The Grigsbys were the leading family in Gentryville, and consequently were of no little importance in been warmly appreciated by the early denizens of Gentryville, for the descendants of the latter up to this day before my trip to Indiana in 1865 a carpenter in Gentryville was rebuilding a house belonging to one of the Gright led him to furnish an appreciative circle in Gentryville with what he was pleased to term The first Chroni of the Scriptures stirred up the social lions of Gentryville to the fighting point. Nothing but the blood of The centre of wit and wisdom in the village of Gentryville was at the store. This place was in charge of onthe longest, but one of the strongest men around Gentryville. He enjoyed the brief distinction his exhibitionoment at the social side of life as it existed in Gentryville in Abe's day. We thought nothing, said an old lad
anything but aristocratic and proud. Why, Jim, he said, I am now and always shall be the same Abe Lincoln I was when you first saw me. In the campaign of 1844 Lincoln filled the honorable post of Presidential elector, and he extended the limits of his acquaintance by stumping the State. This was the year the gallant and magnetic Clay went down in defeat. Lincoln, in the latter end of the canvass, crossed over into Indiana and made several speeches. He spoke at Rockport and also at Gentryville, where he met the Grigsbys, the Gentrys, and other friends of his boyhood. The result of the election was a severe disappointment to Mr. Lincoln as well as to all other Whigs. No election since the foundation of the Government created more widespread regret than the defeat of Clay by Polk. Men were never before so enlisted in any man's cause, and when the great Whig chieftain went down his followers fled from the field in utter demoralization. Some doubted the success of popular gover
Indiana Pigeon Creek settlement Indiana schools Sally Bush Lincoln Gentryville work and books Satires and sermons flatboat voyage to New Orleans t, one and a half miles east of what has since become the village of Gentryville, in Spencer County. The lateness of the autumn compelled him to provide a shelter as y himself and seven or eight neighbors at various distances. The village of Gentryville was not even begun. There was no sawmill to saw lumber. Breadstuff could bnother from Rockport to Bloomington, crossing the former. This gave rise to Gentryville. James Gentry entered the land at the crossroads. Gideon Romine opened a sxt-book. Abraham's first Indiana school was probably held five years before Gentryville was located and a store established there. Until then it was difficult, if This commercial enterprise was set on foot by Mr. Gentry, the founder of Gentryville. The affair shows us that Abraham had gained an enviable standing in the vi