I guess you know the most famous resident of Springfield and they are both buried in the same cemetery. Ernest left us some notes about their connection:
C H.'s business consisted of a bakery, grocery, and seed. Abe Lincoln's office was accross the street, and he
bought his groceries and bread from C. H. Long. The latter, when relating his association with Abe never forgot
to add: Abe always asked for stale-bread. He thought it to be healthier.
C. H. had a good comma
nd of fluent English, but with a brogue. He called Lincoln "Abe" and the latter called
him "Charley", and they would swap jokes. C. H. Laughed until tears flowed telling the story about Murphy.
When C. H. had his back turned to customers, Murphy filled his pockets with eggs from the egg basket. Then C.
H. hastened to the front and gleefully addressed him: "Hello Murphy, you are looking fine", and patted him on his
shoulder and roughly struck his pockets. Murphy said nothing but walked out as if he were sick.