Bass-ackwards tale

Title

Bass-ackwards tale

Description

Lincoln relates this humorous, somewhat rebald story, known as the Bass-ackwards Tale. It contains many underlined spoonerisms. This tale is a famous relic of the coarser side of Lincoln's humor written in his largest, clearest hand.

Creator

Lincoln, Abraham

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

184?

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

300012
T184?
206789

Transcription

He said he was riding bass-ackwards on a jass-ack through a patton-cotch on a pair of baddle-sags stuffed full of binger-gred when the animal steered at a scump and the lirrup-steather broke and throwed him in the forner of the kence and broke his pishing-fole. He said he would not have minded it much, but he fell right in a great tow-curd; in fact, he said it give him a right smart sick of fitness. he had the molera-corbus pretty bad. He said about bray dake he come to himself, ran home, seized up a stick of wood and split the axe to make a light, rushed into the house, and found the door sick abed and his wife standing open. But thank goodness she is getting right hat and farty again.

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

paper and ink
1 p
23 x 18 cm

Citation

Lincoln, Abraham, “Bass-ackwards tale,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed September 20, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/7916.