Illinois State Journal, October 15, 1874. McNamar was a farmer residing seven miles northwest of New Salem. He is best known in the Lincoln story under the name of McNeil, the fiance of Ann Rutledge, for whom Lincoln's attachment has become a legend.
 Surely a misreading for ``Tilmon Hornbuckle.''
 George W. Bowman.
 McNamar's explanation made in the interview accompanying the letter as published in the Journal, was that Lincoln had surveyed the state road so as to run in front of his farm, but that the petition would have relocated it two miles behind him. Evidently Lincoln's warning was effective, for the 1836-1837 session laws show no change of route.