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Dear Lincolnites at heart:

Last week on spring break I was in Lincoln, whose history holds an endless fascination for me and where I almost always seem to find new material to mine. When I am there, I am torn between wanting to visit relatives and friends, and wanting to research. There does not seem to be nearly enough time for either.

Recently a lawyer from Springfield, Ill., with a special interest in history e-mailed me to say he read material on my Lincoln site about William Maxwell's African-American figure named Dr. Billie Dyer and wondered if I had more information. I responded that I didn't, but when I was in Lincoln, I turned up more info in the public library, thanks to the help of director Richard Sumrall (a treasure for Lincoln). Also, I couldn't resist some "fieldwork" in Old Union Cemetery.

I have added some of my findings at the link below: http://www.geocities.com/

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As spare time allows, I will pursue the history of blacks in Lincoln -- a much-neglected subject -- and have leads on two or three new primary sources, including a potentially great source of rare photos. As usual, it will take a while; but if I live long enough, I hope to publish the results.

My article on Maxwell's writings based on Lincoln is in press -- more later.

Take care till a bit later and best wishes,

Leigh Henson

P.S. As always, please forward this to someone who may be interested.

(Posted March 28, 2006)

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