Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln

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Douglas Lawson Wilson, Rodney O. Davis, Terry Wilson
University of Illinois Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 827 pages
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Publication of this long-awaited volume makes available for the first time in complete and accessible form the most important source of information on Lincoln's early life. For twenty-five years after the president's death William Herndon, his law partner, conducted interviews with and solicited letters from dozens of persons who knew Lincoln personally. Up to now, the valuable information he collected has been available only in a microfilm edition in the Library of Congress, of such poor quality that it has been rarely used, particularly since there was no table of contents or adequate index, and in collections at the Huntington Library and the Illinois State Historical Library. The only previous publication of Herndon's materials, more than a half century ago, contains less than 10 percent of the collection and is so unreliable that scholars have hesitated to use it. Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis have earned the gratitude and admiration of scholars by taking on the daunting task of collating the collections in the three libraries, painstakingly deciphering the all but illegible handwriting of Herndon and some of his informants, and carefully documenting the entire work.
  

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Contents

List of ALs Speaking Appointments in 1858
14
Lewis town
16
Peoria
19
Ortawa
21
Henty
23
Augusta
25
Freeport
27
Carlinville
31
Sullivan 20
351
Urbana 24
390
Winchester 29
571
Informant Testimony Reported in Jesse W Weiks
725
Pittsfield Oct 1
728
Mt Sterling 18
742
Rushville 20
746
Petersburg 29
748

Clinton Sept 2
77
Montlcello 6
86
Paris 7
101
Brief Outline of the Joseph Hanks Family
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Douglas L. Wilson, co-director, with Rodney O. Davis, of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, is the author "Lincoln before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years "(University of Illinois Press, 1997); "Herndon's Informants: Letters and Interviews about Abraham Lincoln "(edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 1998); and "Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln "(Alfred A. Knopf, 1998), which was awarded the Lincoln Prize for 1999, and "Herndon's Lincoln "(edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 2006). The Lincoln Studies Center is currently retained by the Library of Congress to transcribe and annotate documents in its Lincoln Papers for the World Wide Web. He lives in Galesburg, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln's hometown.

Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson are codirectors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, and the coeditors of Herndon's Lincoln and Herndon's Informants.

Terry Wilson "was born in England; he first met Brion Gysin in 1971.

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