22. Reep, New Salem, 65; Herndon's Lincoln (Angle, ed.), 90.

Conclusive proof can not be presented, but it is suggested that the debt which Lincoln asked Herndon to pay in his letter of December 13, 1847, is not the debt acquired at New Salem. It does not appear plausible that he would let the New Salem debt stand for so many years. The interest would have doubled the amount. In the period, 1835-1847, his finances steadily improved. He received $1,950 in salary and expenses for his services in the legislature; accumulated cash in the amount of $1,200 to pay for his house; purchased several pieces of real estate; had four years of profitable practice with Judge Logan, and his wife received as a gift, eighty acres of land which could have been sold to liquidate the debt.

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