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THE following memorandum given by Mr. Lincoln to Hicks, the wellknown artist, while he was painting his portrait in Springfield, Illinois, soon after his first nomination for the Presidency, is not without interest:

I was born February 12, 1809, in then Hardin County, Kentucky, at a point within the now County of Larue, a mile or a mile and a half from where Hodgen's mill now is. My parents being dead, and my own. memory not serving, I know no means of identifying the precise locality. It was on Nolen Creek.

June 14, 1860.


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