Being now twenty-one years of age, Abraham hired himself to Denton Offutt, a migratory trader and storekeeper then of Sangamon county, and he helped Offutt to build a flatboat and float it down the Sangamon, Illinois and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans.
In 1831 Offutt made him clerk of his country store at New Salem, a small and unsuccessful settlement in Menard county; this gave him moments of leisure to devote to self-education.
In this year Offutt failed and Lincoln was thus left without employment.
Other credited writers include: Alexander Woo, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Nancy Oliver and Chris Offutt.
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