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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