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Abraham Lincoln

Letter to Mary S. Owens | Letter from Mary Todd Lincoln
Lincoln to an acquaintance

In the following letter written during the Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln describes family events in her daily life in New York.

[New York]
Nov 2nd [1862]

My Dear Husband-

Many say, they would almost worship you, if you would put a fighting General, in the place of McClellan.
I have waited in vain to hear from you, yet as you are not given to letter writing, will be charitable enough to impute your silence, to the right cause. Strangers come up from W- & tell me you are well-which satisfies me very much-Your name is on every lip and many prayers and good wishes are hourly sent up, for your welfare-and McClellan & his slowness are as vehemently discussed. Allowing this beautiful weather, to pass away, is disheartening the North-

Dear little Taddie is well and enjoying himself very much-Gen and Mrs Anderson & myself called on yesterday to see Gen Scott-He looks well although complaining of Rheumatism. A day or two since, I had one of my severe attacks, if it had not been for Lizzie Keckley, I do not know what I should have done--Some of these periods, will launch me away-All the distinguished in the land, have tried how polite & attentive, they could be to me, since I came up here-Many say, they would almost worship you, if you would put a fighting General, in the place of McClellan. This would be splendid weather, for an engagement. I have had two suits of clothes made for Taddie which will come to 26 dollars-Have to get some fur outside wrappings for the coachman's carriage trappings. Lizzie[sic] Keckley, wants me to loan her thirty dollars-so I will have to ask for a check, of $100-which will soon be made use of, for these articles---I must send you, Taddies's tooth-I want to leave here for Boston, on Thursday & if you will send the check by Tuesday, will be much obliged-

One line, to say that we are occasionally remembered will be gratefully received by yours very truly


I enclose you a note from Mr Stewart, he appears very solicitous about his young friend. Mr S. is so strong a Union man--& asks so few favors-if it came in your way, perhaps it would not be amiss to oblige-

[The above letter is reproduced exactly as written and was obtained through the archives at the Library of Congress]

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