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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Vineyard, Benjamin R. 'Benjamin R. Vineyard to Jesse W. Weik' 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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504. Benjamin R. Vineyard to Jesse W. Weik.

St. Joseph, Mo., March 14 — 1887

Dear Sir,

I have just returned from My sisters near Weston and gotten from her to send you the ambrotype of my Mother taken Many years before the photograph a copy of which I sent you. The photograph was taken when she was about sixty-five, — the ambrotype was taken perhaps twenty-five or thirty years earlier. I had forgotten that this old picture existed, until seeing my sister it was brought to my recollection. We do not know the date when the ambrotype was taken but think it was probably taken when she was about the age of thirty-five. I run the risk of sending you this ambrotype of my Mother by this day's express. Please let me know as soon as you get it, and return it to me as soon as through using it. By taking in a reprint the face and bust only for the benefit of your readers I am sure that it will be much more satisfactory than the photograph I sent you before. [1] I send you also inclosed the original letter of Mr. Lincoln to my mother dated August 16th, 1837, which I got from my sister. Please take the best of care of it, and return to me by Mail just as soon as you can get through using it. You see I am trusting you (a stranger) considerably. I trust my confidence will not be misplaced.

I have written (also inclosed) a short account of my Mother and Mr. Lincoln's courtship of her. I do not wish it published over my signature, but send it to you as my idea of what is probably true, that it may serve you as the basis of what you may wish to write on the subject.

Please acknowledge receipt of this, as soon as it reaches you.

I received your last with contents as stated.

Yours truly,
B. R. Vineyard.

Mary S. Owens, daughter of Nathaniel Owens, was born in Green County Kentucky, on the 29th day of September, 1808. She was married to Jesse Vineyard on the 27th day of March, 1841. Of this union there were born five children

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Vineyard, Benjamin R. 'Benjamin R. Vineyard to Jesse W. Weik' 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=herndon609.html
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