Abraham Lincoln (Classic Reprint)

Abraham Lincoln (Classic Reprint)

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In 1769, Daniel Boone started from his home to explore that part of Virginia then known as the "Country of Kentucky." Forty years later, on the 12th of February, 1809, was born, in Hardin County, now Larue County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln.

His parents were known as "Poor whites," which signified at that time that they were even poorer than the Negro slave, because the poor white man, with no capital but his labor, was unable to sell it in competition with the free labor of the slave. Doubtless in part, at least, due to this condition, Abraham Lincoln's father disposed of his farm and in the autumn of 1816, moved to Indiana.

The house in which the Lincoln family lived was what was known as a half-faced camp. That is, it was closed on three sides to protect the inmates against the weather; no floor, the flat side of a split log, resting on four posts, as a table, three-legged stools as chairs, pins driven into logs at the corner as a ladder by which Abraham ascended to an attic, where was his bed of leaves. The bedstead downstairs was simply made by sticks driven between the logs at the corner, the inside angle being supported by a forked stick driven into the ground, on which rude and primitive support a bed was made.

It is no wonder that in the rigorous Indiana climate, in such a comfortless home, Abraham's mother was stricken with a fatal illness. Abraham was then scarcely ten years old, but it is said that during her sickness he cared for her as tenderly as a girl; that he often sat at her side and read the Bible to her for hours. That she had impressed upon him the influence of her life is shown by his remark in later years, when he said: - "All I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother."

Abraham Lincoln felt that some religious ceremony should be held over her remains, and at once wrote to Parson Elkins, in Kentucky, asking him to preach a funeral sermon over her grave. In due time an answer came and a date was fixed.

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