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E. S. Guilbert collection

 Collection — Folder: S0557
Identifier: S0557

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1828-1830


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

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


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/01 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2012/01 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
E. S. Guilbert collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.