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Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln

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


Lincoln recounts the story of a daydream to an acquaintance.

LOVE'S AWAKENING

I always meant to write that story out and publish it, and I began once; but I concluded it was not much of a story- But I think that was the beginning of love with me.
Did you ever write out a story in your mind? I did when I was a little codger. One day a wagon with a lady and two girls and a man broke down near us, and while they were fixing up, they cooked in our kitchen. The woman had books and read us stories, and they were the first I ever had heard. I took a great fancy to one of the girls; and when they were gone I thought of her a great deal, and one day when I was sitting out in the sun by the house I wrote out a story in my mind. I thought I took my father's horse and followed the wagon, and finally I found it, and they were surprised to see me. I talked with the girl and persuaded her to elope with me; and that night I put her on my horse, and we started off across the prairie. After several hours we came to a camp, and when we rode up we found it was the one we had left a few hours before, and we went in. The next night we tried it again, and the same thing happened-the horse came back to the same place; and then we concluded that we ought not to elope. I stayed until I had persuaded her father to give her to me. I always meant to write that story out and publish it, and I began once; but I concluded it was not much of a story- But I think that was the beginning of love with me.


Abraham Lincoln

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


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