118. Henry McHenry to William H. Herndon.

Petersburg Ill Jan 8th 1866.

Dear sir

Yours of the 10th ult came to hand in due time I should have answered it before this but I confidently expected to have seen you face to face before this, & now, I promise you I will be up in a few days. I will say however some thing about the Points of which you spoke, 1st As to the condition of Lincoln's Mind after the death of Miss R. after that Event he seemed quite changed, he seemed Retired, & loved Solitude, he seemed wraped in profound thought, indifferent, to transpiring Events, had but Little to say, but would take his gun and wander off in the woods by him self, away from the association of even those he most esteemed, this


gloom seemed to deepen for some time, so as to give anxiety to his friends in regard to his Mind, But various opinions obtained as to the Cause of his change, some thought it was an increased application to his Law studies, Others that it was deep anguish of Soul (as he was all soul) over the Loss of Miss R, My opinion is, & was, that it was from the Latter cause, As to the Book, or Pamphlet, I do not recollect about what it "did Say" or "tried to Say" but it was I am sure Written after the death of Miss R, & I never heard any Scoundrel "orthodox" or Hetrodox, or any body Else bring the charge of Infidelity against his production until they found that they Might Make Political Capital out of base and groundless charges against Gods Noblest Work, The honest Man,

I think the two points are all you asked about, the Answer Is true, I think, I am willing to contribute My Mite to perpetuate unsullied the Memory of Our Lincoln,

Im not able to be out soon, but will be up as soon as I get over the awful cold.

Respectfully Your friend
Henry McHenry

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