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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lincoln, Mary Todd. 'Mary Todd Lincoln (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon359.html


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Note from page 359: 1. This is the latest of the three surviving manuscripts relating to WHH's sole interview with MTL, incorporating the texts of the two earlier manuscripts (Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3065 — 66 and Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3067) and some new material. The date refers to the time of the interview, not the composition of this text, which may postdate the last of the Springer transcriptions (Nov. 30, 1866). Illegible material in the original has been supplied in brackets from earlier texts and from the Springer transcription of the earliest version [Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 3065 — 66). The docketing is difficult to read but appears to be: Mrs Lincoln's Evidence Copied. A nearly indecipherable note below this apparently relates to something WHH's law partner Alfred Orendorff told him about MTL in 1874.

Note from page 359: 2. MTL was born in 1818.

Note from page 360: 3. Julia Baker, MTL's niece, the daughter of Ninian W. and Elizabeth Edwards and the wife of Illinois State Journal editor Edward L. Baker, was rumored to have kept too close company with gentlemen other than her husband during a White House visit in 1864. See Justin G. Turner and Linda Turner, eds., Mary Todd Lincoln: Her Life and Letters (New York, 1972), 187 — 88.

Note from page 360: 4. Quoting from this interview in a draft chapter for his biography, WHH glossed this passage thus: "Mrs. Lincoln told me in 1866 in Springfield in her Examination by me at the St Nicolas Hotel that Mr. Lincolns philosophy was "what is to be will be and no cares (prayers of ours can arrest nor reverse the decree. I have heard him Say the Same thing Substantially and so have many others in and around Springfield Illinois his home and where he lies buried — Entomed" (Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4261). WHH's point seems to be that he had heard this maxim from Lincoln in a different form: "no prayers of ours can reverse the decree."

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Lincoln, Mary Todd. 'Mary Todd Lincoln (William H. Herndon Interview)' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: interview]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon359.html
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