chapters in his married life.
It is a curious history, and the facts, long chained down, are gradually coming to the surface.
When all is at last known, the world I believe will divide its censure between Lincoln
and his wife.
, who afterwards became the wife of Mr. Lincoln
, was born in Lexington, Kentucky
, December 13, 1818. “My mother,” related Mrs. Lincoln
to me in 1865, “died when I was still young.
I was educated by Madame Mantelli
, a lady who lived opposite Mr. Clay
's, and who was an accomplished French scholar.
Our conversation at school was carried on entirely in French
--in fact we were allowed to speak nothing else.
I finished my education at Mrs. Ward
's Academy, an institution to which many people from the North
sent their daughters.
In 1837 I visited Springfield, Illinois
, remaining three months. I returned to Kentucky
, remaining till 1839, when I again set out for Illinois
, which State finally became my home.”
The paternal grandfather of Mary Todd
, General Levi Todd
was born in 1756, was educated in Virginia
, and studied law in the office of General Lewis
of the State
He emigrated to Kentucky
, was a lieutenant in the campaigns conducted by General George Rogers Clark
against the Indians, and commanded a battalion in the battle of Blue Licks
, August 1782, where his brother, John Todd
, was killed.
He succeeded Daniel Boone
in command of the militia, ranking as major-general, and was one of the first settlers in Lexington, Ky.
February 25, 1779, he married Miss Jane Briggs