7. The original of Hemdon's letter is in the Davis MSS. It reads as follows:

Springfield Ill. Feby. 11th 1865

His Exc. A. Lincoln

Dear Friend

Enclosed is draft for one hundred & thirty three dolls, in your favor. It comes this way— I have collected—

  • 1 Gold Watch $75.00
  • Shockly-Log Co. 45.00
  • Chatterton 85.00
  • Com. & Co. 35.00
  • Wilson-Ohio. 25.00
  • Hinman-Criminal 41.00
  • Cost-Fedrl Court fee 25.00
  • 2 /$271.00
  • $135.50
  • Paid Enos-Clk $25.00 half yours 12.50
  • $123.00
  • Borrowed of you at Washington 25.00
  • $148.00
  • Draft 133.00
  • $15.00

I owe you fifteen dollars and will send it to you sometime. I kept, rather, gave away the watch to my girl, thinking it worth seventy-five dollars, doing you justice, I think. The reason why I do not send the fifteen dollars now is because I made a mistake in my calculations & bought the bill with that error out of view. . . . I am toddling on tolerably well, just making ends meet, but that is enough for me or any man in this world at this time. Above all I am a sober man, and will keep so the balance of my days.

Your friend W. H. Herndon

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