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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Vineyard, Nancy G. 'Nancy G. 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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490. Nancy G. Vineyard to Jesse W. Weik.

Victoria Texas Feb 4th 1887

Dear Sir

Your letter of inquiry regarding the courtship of my sister Mary S Vineyard and Abram Lincoln was received, and in reply, I am sorry to say I know very little about the matter farther than this, that she spoke of his asking her to marry him and he not being the style of man she wished to marry rejected him. She viewed him as a man of fine intellect and (although crude) energetic and aspiring and thought he would some day rise far above his then humble and modest position in society. My sister then Mary S Owens of Green County KY where she was born and married, was a young lady of beauty and intelligence and much vivacity, and had many admirers especially gentlemen. She had many offers of marriage from the best young men of her acquaintance, who, strange to say, always parted with her in friendship, and continued friendly towards her afterwards. This was the case with Mr Lincoln, who wrote to her some time after they agreed to disagree. Of course these letters were mostly letters of friendship. At the time she met Mr Lincoln she was visiting her sister [1] in Sangamon county Illinois, where I think Mr Lincoln then resided. At the time this took place I was living in Missouri and knew but little of the happenings of my family and was not associated but little with my sister until she married my husbands brother and moved near me several years after her visit to Illinois. Her son B R Vineyard of St Joseph Mo had many letters some time ago written by Mr Lincoln to his mother and her daughter Mrs Kate Cunningham of Weston Platte county Mo (not far from St Joseph) had a very good Ambrotype taken of her mother when she was much younger than in the picture you have. I am sorry I cannot give you any farther information

Respectfully
Mrs Nancy G Vineyard

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4601 — 2

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Vineyard, Nancy G. 'Nancy G. 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=herndon601.html
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