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Saturday, April 18, 1846.+-

Tremont, IL.

Lincoln writes to fellow attorney Andrew Johnston, of Quincy, Illinois, and discusses their mutual appreciation for poetry. Lincoln encloses part of a poem he wrote after he visited Perry (now Spencer) County, Indiana, in the "fall of 1844." Lincoln explains that it is the place where he "was raised, [and] where my mother and only sister were buried." He adds, "That part of the country is . . . as unpoetical as any spot of the earth; but . . . seeing it and its objects and inhabitants aroused feelings in me which were certainly poetry; though whether my expression of those feelings is poetry is quite another question." Abraham Lincoln to Andrew Johnston, 18 April 1846, CW, 1:377-79.