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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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318. Joshua F. Speed to William H. Herndon.

Louisville 30 Nov 1866.

Dear Sir

I enclose you copies of all the letters of any interest from Mr Lincoln to me [1]

Some explanation may be needed — that you may rightly understand their import —

In the winter of 40 & 41 — he was very unhappy about his engagement to his wife — Not being entirely satisfied that his heart was going with his hand — How much he suffered then on that account none Know so well as myself — He disclosed his whole heart to me —

In the summer of 1841. I became engaged to my wife — He was here on a visit when I courted her — and strange to say something of the same feeling which I regarded as so foolish in him — took possession of me — and kept me very unhappy from the time of my ingagement until I was married —

This will explain the deep interest he manifested in his letters, on my account —

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Speed, Joshua F. 'Joshua F. Speed to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon430.html
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