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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html


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Vineyard, Mary Owens (1808-77).

Born in Green County, Mary Owens was a well-educated member of a wealthy Kentucky family. In 1833, while visiting her sister Elizabeth (Mrs. Bennett Abell), in New Salem, she first met AL. Three years later she renewed her acquaintance with AL, who had engaged with her sister to court Mary. In spite of disputes and differences, AL proposed marriage in the fall of 1837, but she rejected him, remarking later that "Mr. Lincoln was deficient in those little links which make up the great chain of woman[']s happiness." WHH heard of this courtship from other informants and persuaded Mary Owens Vineyard to share both her story and AL's letters to her. (ALE; R. Gerald McMurtry, appendix to McMurtry and Olive Carruthers, Lincoln's Other Mary [Chicago and New York, 1946])

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html
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