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s thrown in contact. One of Miss Owens' descendants is authority for the statement that Lincoln had boasted that if Mary Owens ever returned to Illinois a second time he would marry her; that a report of this came to her ears, whereupon she left summit; that Lincoln strolled carelessly along, offering no assistance to the woman who bent under the load. Thereupon Miss Owens, censuring him for his neglect, reminded him that in her estimation he would not make a good husband. In due time cameso serve to rob the offence — if any was committed — of half its severity. The letter was written in the same month Miss Owens made her final departure from Illinois. Springfield, April 1, 1838. Dear Madam:-- Without apologizing for being egome. Give my respects to Mr. Browning. Your sincere friend, A. Lincoln. Mrs. O. H. Browning. As before mentioned Miss Owens was afterwards married and became the mother of five children. Two of her sons served in the Confederate army. She di
pringfield, and he soon observed the power and influence one can exert with high family and social surroundings to draw upon. The sober truth is that Lincoln was inordinately ambitious. He had already succeeded in obtaining no inconsiderable political recognition, and numbered among his party friends men of wealth and reputation; but he himself was poor, besides lacking the graces and ease of bearing obtained through mingling in polite society — in fact, to use the expressive language of Mary Owens, he was deficient in those little links which make up the chain of woman's happiness. Conscious, therefore, of his humble rank in the social scale, how natural that he should seek by marriage in an influential family to establish strong connections and at the same time foster his political fortunes! This may seem an audacious thing to insinuate, but on no other basis can we reconcile the strange course of his courtship and the tempestuous chapters in his married life. It is a curious h
es, who knows but she may have acted out in her conduct toward her husband the laws of human revenge? The picture of that eventful evening in 1841, when she stood at the Edwards mansion clad in her bridal robes, the feast prepared and the guests gathered, and when the bridegroom came not, may have been constantly before her, and prompted her to a course of action which kept in the background the better elements of her nature. In marrying Lincoln she did not look so far into the future as Mary Owens, who declined his proposal because he was deficient in those little links which made up the chain of woman's happiness. Mrs. Lincoln died at the residence of her sister Mrs. Ninian W. Edwards, in Springfield, July 16, 1882. Her physician during her last illness says this of her: In the late years of her life certain mental peculiarities were developed which finally culminated in a sight apoplexy, producing paralysis, of which she died. Among the peculiarities alluded to, one of the mo
tions the Springfield coterie friendly help Anne Rutledge Mary Owens Lincoln's removal from New Salem to Springfield and his entranne Rutledge, Mr. Lincoln had seen and made the acquaintance of Miss Mary Owens, who had come to visit her sister Mrs. Able, and had passed aban earnest, promptly agreed to the proposition; for he remembered Mary Owens as a tall, handsome, dark-haired girl, with fair skin and large bd. Before this occurred, however, he was surprised to learn that Mary Owens had actually returned with her sister from Kentucky, and felt thaer than impulsive and ardent lovers wandering in Arcady. Without Miss Owens's letters it is impossible to know what she may have said to him,coln wrote to his friend Mrs. Browning nearly a year later, after Miss Owens had finally returned to Kentucky, in which, without mentioning thintellect she was as attractive as any woman he had ever met; and Miss Owens's letters, written after his death, state that her principal obje
ndent of the Altoona (Pa.) Register, writing from Broadtop City, Huntingdon County, says he had the pleasure of meeting, at a place called Dudley, a woman named Mary Owens, who had just returned from the army in full uniform. This remarkable woman accompanied her husband to the army, and fought by his side until he fell. She wasr the name of John Evans, and gives as her reason for this romantic undertaking the fact that her father was uncompromising in his hostility to her marriage with Mr. Owens, threatening violence in case she disobeyed his commands; whereupon, after having been secretly married, she donned the United States uniform, enlisted in the sad the United States uniform, enlisted in the same company with her husband, endured all the hardships of the camp, the dangers of the battle-field, saw her husband fall dead by her side, and is now wounded and a widow. Mrs. Owens looks young, is rather pretty, and is the heroine of the neighborhood. She is of Welsh parentage.
nity of Morning Sun, your Hessians shall pay for it. You shall conduct this war upon proper principles. We intend to force you to do it. If you intend to make this a war of extermination you will please inform us of it at the earliest convenience. We are ready and more than willing to raise the black flag. There are two thousand partisans who have sworn to retaliate. If you do not retract your proclamation, you may expect to have scenes of the most bloody character. We all remember the manner in which your vandal soldiers put to death Mr. Owens, of Missouri. Henceforth our motto shall be, blood for blood and blood for property. We intend, by the help of God, to hang on the outskirts of your rabble like lightning around the edge of a cloud. We don't intend this as a threat, but simply a warning of what we intend to do in case you pursue your disgraceful and nefarious policy towards our citizens, as marked out in your threat of recent date. Respectfully, Geo. R. Merritt.