Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To John Rowan Herndon [1]

Dear Row: Springfield, June 11th. 1839-

Mr. Redman [2] informs me that you wish me to write you the particulars of a conversation between Dr. Felix [3] & myself relative to you. The Dr. overtook me between Rushville and Beardstown. He, after learning that I lived at Springfield, asked if I was acquainted with you. I told him I was. He said you had lately been elected constable in Adams, but that you never would be again. I asked him why? He said the people there, had found out, that you had been Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff in Sangamon county, and that you came off and left your securities to suffer. He then asked me if I did not know such to be the fact. I told him I did not think you had ever been Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff in Sangamon; but that I thought you had been constable. I further told him that if you had left your securities to suffer in that or any other case, I had never heard of it, and that if it had been so, I thought I would have heard it.

If the Dr. is telling that I told him any thing against you whatever, I authorize you to contradict it flatly. We have no news here.

Your friend, as ever--- A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, InU. Herndon was known by his middle name. He was an old friend from New Salem, whose interest in the Herndon-Berry store Lincoln had purchased.

[2]   Probably George Redman.

[3]   Dr. Felix Regnier, brother of Dr. Francis Regnier, a young doctor from Ohio who settled in New Salem, later moving to Clary's Grove, then to Petersburg, Illinois.