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INTRODUCTION.

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LITTLE more than a quarter of a century has passed since the

death of Abraham Lincoln. Much has been written concerning him, and doubtless much more will be written. My acquaintance with him began in his Springfield home the night following his nomination as candidate for the Presidency. It was such an acquaintance as a correspondent of a leading journal was privileged to have with public men. I saw him frequently during his Presidential term met him socially on several occasions, and walked with him through the streets of burning Richmond. In preparing this work I have visited the scenes of his early years--the spot where he was born, the sites of his Kentucky and Indiana homes, also that at New Salem, Ill. From playmates of his childhood, and from those who knew him in later years, I have obtained information which may be accepted as authentic. I am especially indebted to Joseph Gentry, of Gentryville, Ind. ; William G. Green, of Tolula, and Mrs. Hill, of Petersburg, Ill., for information relating to Mr. Lincoln's early years; and to Mrs. Harriet Chapman, of Charleston, III., for a copy of the first photograph ever taken of him.

This volume is to be regarded as a sketch of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln rather than as a biography. His intellectual and moral qualities will be seen far better in the historic narration than by any analysis that might be given.

The Muse of History has recognized him as the liberator of a race, redeemer of a republic, and one of the great benefactors of all time. It is to be hoped that eulogy never will place him upon a pedestal or smooth out the lines that make up the true portrait of this man of the people, appointed by divine Providence to render inestimable service to his fellow-men.

CHARLES CARLETON COFFIN.
Boston, July, 1892.

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Abraham Lincoln. (From his first photo- Learning Arithmetic Under Difficulties..... 33

graph, taken in Chicago in 1857). Frontispiece. Sarah Bush Lincoln. (From a photograph

Norwich Cathedral...

in possession of Mrs. Harriet Chapman,

Public Square, Norwich...

3 Charleston, Ill.)...

The Meadows of Norfolk.

Site of Jones's Store at Gentryville, Ind.

Hingham Meeting-house..

(From a photograph taken by the author,

Freehold Meeting-house..

7 1890).

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Daniel Boone.......

9 Dennis Hanks. (From a photograph taken

Captured by the Indians.

10 in 1889)...

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The Site of Bryant's Fort..

11 Two Shining Half-dollars..

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Defending the Fort.....

13 Planter's Home....

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The Spot once occupied by the Cabin in Homes of the Slaves..

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which Abraham Lincoln was Born. (From Flat-boats..
a photograph taken by the author, 1890) 18 Making a Camp for the Night...,

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A Dutch-oven. (From a photograph taken “I cannot bear to see even a puppy in dis-
by the author, Nolin's Creek, Ky., October,

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1891)....

19 Places in Illinois Frequented by Abraham

The Listening Boy Hears the Wonderful Lincoln.....

Story.....

21 Sangamon River near New Salem. (From

Little Mound Meeting-house, Hodgensville, a photograph taken by the author in 1890) 55

Ky. (From a photograph taken by the au- “He stood in the auction-room where they

thor, October, 1891)..

24 were sold".

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Site of Thomas Lincoln's Home on Knob A Creole Home in New Orleans...

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Creek. (From a photograph taken by the The Lincoln Home, Farmington, Ill. (From
author, October, 1891).....

25 a photograph taken in 1890).....

Points of Interest in the Early Life of Abra- Rutledge's Mill. (From a photograph by C.S.

ham Lincoln.....

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McCullough, Petersburg, II.)...

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Junctic of Salt River with the Ohio, where Oak-trees Standing near the Site of Berry &

Tuomas Lincoln's Boat was Capsized. Lincoln's Store. (From a photograph by

(From a photograph taken by the author, C. S. McCullough, Petersburg, Ill.)... 77

1890)..

27 | William G. Green, October, 1890..

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Grave of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Pigeon George D. Prentice....

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Creek, Ind. (From a photograph taken Grave of Ann Rutledge. (From a photograph

by the author, October, 1890). .

28 by C. S. McCullough, Petersburg, III.).. 86

Site of Thomas Lincoln's Indiana Home.... 31 | William Lloyd Garrison..

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