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LINCOLN

AND THE

NEW YORK HERALD

UNPUBLISHED LETTERS OF
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

FROM THE COLLECTION OF

JUDD STEWART



Privately Printed

PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY

1907



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Copyright, 1907, by
THE LINCOLN FELLOWSHIP



The letters reprinted herein are
from the Gettysburg Edition of
The Complete Works of Abraham
Lincoln and are reproduced through
the courtesy of the Francis D. Tandy
Company, 'The letters given in fac-
simile^ which perhaps complete all
that Lincoln ever wrote upon this
incident^ have never heretofore been
published. They were written to
George G, Foggy who was Secretary
of the first Republican National
Convention,

In order that this incident in the
Great Martyr s career may be pre-
sented in as interesting a form as
possible^ the Ambrotype of Lincoln

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

taken August Ijth, i860 (three
days before his letter for the New
York Herald") now in the collectiofi
of Major William H. Lambert of
Philadelphia, is used as a frontis-
piece.

These letters of Lincoln telling of
his boyhoody of his parents — his
father in particular — and showing
his great forbearance under a false
imputation, seem to justify the pub-
lication of them as a separate addi-
tion to the great number of volumes
on his life and work,

JuDD Stewart.

Plainfieldy Nov. 7, igoy.



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Letters to
Samuel Haycraft

(Private)

Springfield, Illinois,

May 28, i860.

Dear Sir :

Your recent letter, without date,
is received. Also the copy of your
speech on the contemplated Daniel
Boone Monument, which I have not
yet had time to read. In the main
you are right about my history. My
father was Thomas Lincoln, and
Mrs. Sally Johnston was his second
wife. You are mistaken about my
mother. Her maiden name was
Nancy Hanks. I was not born at
Elizabethtown, but my mother's

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

first child, a daughter, two years
older than myself, and now long
since deceased, was. I was born
February 12, 1 809, near where Hog-
ginsville (Hodgensville) now is, then
in Hardin County. I do not think
I ever saw you, though I very well
know who you are— so well that I
recognized your handwriting, on
opening your letter, before I saw the
signature. My recollection is that
Ben Helm was first clerk, that you
succeeded him, that Jack Thomas
and William Farleigh graduated in
the same office, and that your hand-
writings were all very similar. Am
I right?

My father has been dead near ten
years; but my step-mother, (Mrs.
Johnston,) is still living.
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LETTERS TO HAYCRAFT

I am really very glad of your
letter, and shall be pleased to re-
ceive another at any time.
Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.

(Private)

Springfield, Illinois,

June 4, i860.

Dear Sir:

Your second letter, dated May
31st, is received. You suggest that
a visit to the place of my nativity
might be pleasant to me. Indeed
it would. But would it be safe?
Would not the people lynch me.r^

The place on Knob Creek, men-
tioned by Mr. Read, I remember
very well; but I was not born there.



ABRAHAM LINCOLN

As my parents have told me, I was
born on Nolin, very much nearer
Hodgen's Mill than the Knob Creek
place is. My earliest recollection,
however, is of the Knob Creek
place. Like you, I belonged to the
Whig party from its origin to its
close. I never belonged to the
American party organization; nor
ever to a party called a Union party,
though I hope I neither am, nor
ever have been, less devoted to the
Union than yourself or any other
patriotic man.

It may not be altogether without
interest to let you know that my
wife is a daughter of the late Rob-
ert S. Todd, of Lexington, Ky.,
and that a half-sister of hers is the
wife of Ben Hardin Helm, born and

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LETTERS TO HAYCRAFT

raised at your town, but residing at
Louisville now, as I believe.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.



Springfield, Illinois,

August 1 6, i860.

My Dear Sir :

A correspondent of the Nezv
y^ork He7^aldy who was here a
week ago, writing to that paper,
represents me as saying I had been
invited to visit Kentucky, but that
I suspected it was a trap to inveigle
me into Kentucky in order to do
violence to me. This is wholly a
mistake. I said no such thing. I
do not remember, but possibly I did
mention my correspondence with
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ABRAHAM LINCOLN

you. But very certainly I was not
guilty of stating, or insinuating, a
suspicion of any intended violence,
deception or other wrong, against
me, by you or any other Kentuckian.
Thinking the Herald correspond-
ence might fall under your eye, I
think it due to myself to enter my
protest against the correctness of this
part of it. I scarcely think the cor-
respondent was malicious, but rather
that he misunderstood what was said.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.

Springfield, Illinois,

August 23, i860.

My Dear Sir:

Yours of the 19th just received.
I now fear I may have given you

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LETTERS TO HAYCRAFT

some uneasiness by my last letter.
I did not mean to intimate that I
had, to any extent, been involved
or embarrassed by you; nor yet to
draw from you anything to relieve
myself from difficulty. My only
object was to assure you that I had
not, as represented by the Herald
correspondent, charged you with an
attempt to inveigle me into Ken-
tucky to do me violence. I believe
no such thing of you or of Ken-
tuckians generally; and I dislike to
be represented to them as slandering
them in that way.

Yours very truly,

A. Lincoln.



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