William H. Herndon to Benjamin B. French

Title

William H. Herndon to Benjamin B. French

Description

On Herndon & Orendorff law office stationery, William H. Herndon writes a letter to B.B. French discussing Abraham Lincoln and his religion.

Creator

Herndon, William H.

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1870-04-19

Rights

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

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

300389
T1870.04.19-MISC

Transcription

Law Office of Herndon & Orendorff Springfield, Ills., April 19th 1870 W.H. Herndon, A. Orendorff

Mr. French -

On coming home from court I found your excellent letter, dated the 3d inst; and now let me say I am much much obliged to you for it. With the letter I received your address. I shall read it soon carefully. I casually looked over it and what I saw & read pleased me. I am happy to know that my letter on Mr Lincoln's Religion gave you some insight into Mr Lincoln's nature. The letter is true: it will never be contradicted substantially. Mr Lincoln scorned all Theology – all the mechanics of Christianity – hated formalism & cant. Mr Lincoln was large – and charitable – deep & broad in his religious views If I ever visit Washington I shall most assuredly call and see you. I thank you again for your letter and add-


ress. I thank you for the information contained in your letter.

Your Truly

W H Herndon

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

paper and ink
2 p
27 x 20 cm

Citation

Herndon, William H., “William H. Herndon to Benjamin B. French,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed November 20, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/8199.