Guilbert, E. S. Indiana Country Boy - Abrahan Lincoln

E. S. Guilbert
Indiana Country Boy – Abraham Lincoln
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, January 2012


Biographical Note:

Currently, there is no information about this author, E. S. Guilbert.

Scope and Content Note:

In March 1830, Abraham Lincoln journeyed from southern Indiana to Illinois with his parents.  When they went through Vincennes, legend has it that Abraham toured the Western Sun and General Advertiser newspaper office, where he saw his first printing press, and talked to Editor Stout.  Mr. Guilbert wrote to Roy H. Garrigus, editor of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial to verify this story, which Mr. Garrigus could not do.

Abraham often went to Rockport and borrowed books from Judge John Pitcher, who loaned the future-president a copy of the Revised Statutes of Indiana.  This was the first law book Abraham read.

Although no details of the Lincoln journey from Indiana to Illinois were recorded, Mr. Guilbert thinks the novel Buckskin Breeches by Phil Strong about another pioneer family moving from Ohio to Iowa gives a good description. Mr. Guilbert quotes from that novel as though it is Tom Lincoln talking to his son Abraham, and in describing the destination of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois.   

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Item Listing

Folder 1.  Three page typed paper.

1828 Abraham Lincoln and Allen Gentry take a flatboat to New Orleans
March 1830 Lincoln Family pass through Vincennes, Indiana
1830 Lincolns arrive in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 folder, 3 typed pages
Collection Dates: 1828-1830
Provenance: Unknown.
Access : The collection is open for research use.
Restrictions: None.
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English.
Alternate Formats: None.
Related Holdings: None.
Notes: None.